Celtics 95, Kings 92
The Celtics took a lead into halftime tonight, and they held onto it in the second half.
It wasn't the prettiest win of the season, but a win is a win, especially in the first game back from the All-Star break. Boston did all it had to do to hold on for the W, as they led nearly the entire second half. After falling behind by two in the final four minutes of the game, this one came down to shooting from the charity stripe.
The whistles were out in the fourth quarter, as the teams combined to take 17 total free throws. Only nine of those shots went through the net, but luckily for the C's, seven of those came from their fingertips.
When Boston needed clutch points, they got them from the free throw line tonight. Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rasheed Wallace were the only Celtics go to the line in the fourth quarter and they combined to go 7-of-7 from the stripe, including 6-of-6 in the final 15 seconds.
Sacramento, meanwhile, couldn't get a free throw to drop. The Kings went to the line on two separate occasions with the Celtics leading 89-87, meaning they had two separate opportunities to tie the game from the free throw line. First, Omri Casspi came up empty on both of his attempts with 1:31 remaining. Then, with 16 seconds remaining and the score unchanged, Jason Thompson misfired on both of his attempts.
After the Thompson misses, Wallace headed to the line and began Boston's free throw clinic. His two makes put Boston ahead by two possessions, and Allen and Pierce helped seal the deal from there.
Key Box Score Line
Most of the Celtics starters came out of the break with a little rust on their wheels, but Rasheed Wallace sure didn't. He finished tied for the team-high in points with 17 but took only nine shots from the field. He also pulled in five boards, made two critical free throws down the stretch and was constantly active on the defensive end of the court.
Box Score Nuggets
- Boston's bench scored 44 of the team's 95 points.
- All five Celtics starters finished with a negative plus/minus rating, while all five reserves finished with a positive plus/minus rating.
- Boston shot 6-of-6 form the line in the final 15 seconds of the game, and 26-of-31 overall.
- Tyreke Evans nearly grabbed a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
- Boston shot only 37.5 percent from the field, while Sacramento shot only 38.1 percent.
- Sacramento grabbed 48 rebounds to Boston's 45.
- Jason Thompson, who came off the bench for the Kings, tied Tyreke Evans for the game-high in rebounds with 11.
- Sacramento recorded 11 blocked shots from five separate players.
- Omri Casspi scored a game-high 19 points, including 3-of-5 shooting from downtown.
- Eddie House scored 12 points off the bench, all of which came from his four 3-pointers
- Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett combined for only 19 total points.
- The teams combined for only 25 turnovers, 13 for Boston and 12 for Sacramento.
- A total of only 58 points were scored in the paint tonight, 30 by Sacramento and 28 by Boston.
Quote of the Night
Doc Rivers on the bench performance: "The bench was terrific. I thought they saved the game for us. The first half, I think it was a two-point game when they came in and left with a 10-point lead."