"I thought our bench came in and had an unbelievable run," said Doc Rivers.
Yeah, you could say that.
Boston’s bench continued its stretch of phenomenal play Wednesday night against the Kings. The second unit helped the Celtics put the game away – in the second quarter.
Reserves accounted for 27 of Boston’s 37 points in the second frame. Jeff Green tossed in eight of those points while Jason Terry added seven.
The meat of the bench’s impressive performance took place in the middle of the quarter. A 14-1 run began with a reverse slam from Brandon Bass, who finished the flush after a pretty dish from Kevin Garnett. Leandro Barbosa then hit a runner off the glass and Jason Terry followed by pouring in five straight points. Bass and Barbosa capped the run with a jumper and a 3-pointer, respectively, to put the C’s on top 46-31 with 5:24 remaining in the first half.
It didn’t take long for Boston’s reserves to turn this one into a laugher. They did so by performing well at both ends. The Kings shot 0-of-3 from the floor during that stretch and committed three turnovers. Meanwhile, the C’s hit all six of their shots and committed just one turnover.
The Celtics led by just two points prior to the run, which began with 8:18 left in the second quarter. Less than three minutes later, this game was a blowout and Boston walked its way into the winner's circle.
Key Box Score Line
You haven’t seen much of Brandon Bass in this location this season. Tonight, you’ll see a lot of him.
Bass strung together what may have been his best overall game of the season Wednesday night. He did it by scoring 12 points, grabbing four rebounds, dishing out two assists and ripping three steals. Bass hit four of his seven field goals and finished with the best plus/minus rating of any reserve at plus-18.
This performance was especially important seeing as Jared Sullinger, the Celtics’ starting power forward, went down midway through the first quarter with back spasms. Boston needed someone to step up and Bass was there when his name was called.
Box Score Nuggets
- Seven Celtics scored at least nine points, led by Paul Pierce's 16.
- Pierce also led the Celtics in rebounds with 10.
- Sacramento shot just 39.2 percent from the floor.
- Only two Kings players (Jason Thompson, Thomas Robertson) made at least half of their shots.
- The Celtics scored 27 points off of Sacramento's 19 turnovers.
- Boston led by as many as 28 points.
- Kevin Garnett had a solid all-around game with 13 points, nine rebounds and game highs of five assists and two blocks.
- The Celtics were outscored in all but one quarter, but that one quarter featured a 37-14 advantage.
- Pierce and Tyreke Evans (19 points, 11 rebounds), two perimeter players, were the only players in the game to grab double-digit rebounds.
- Three Celtics reserves, Jason Terry, Brandon Bass and Jeff Green, scored 12 points apiece.
- Bass grabbed a game-high three steals.
- Garnett blocked two shots all by himself, while the entire Kings team blocked only one.
- Boston's starters committed a total of just five fouls.
- The Celtics were dominant when Garnett (plus-23) and Pierce (plus-28) were on the floor.
Quote of the Night
I got on Paul (Pierce) at the beginning of the game because I thought he was trying to be the facilitator – he must’ve read some of your dumb-ass articles – and then once he started moving the ball, he was great. Doc Rivers on Paul Pierce's game Wednesday night