Timberwolves 104, Celtics 122
The Celtics held a double-digit lead for almost the entire night tonight, so to say there was a key stretch that decided the game might be a reach. But just because this one was a blowout doesn't mean there wasn't a huge play for the Garden fans to see.
Less than a minute into the second quarter, Ramon Sessions lost control of the ball and it headed towards the scorers' table. It looked as if the ball was just going to trickle out of bounds, but a husting Eddie House chased it down on the sideline. His momentum took him flying out of bounds, but before he stepped out he managed to grab the ball with his right hand and whip it around his back for a no-look pass to a streaking Tony Allen. The dish was right on the money, as Allen caught it in stride and raced to the cup. He rose up from about seven feet out and threw down a monstrous dunk over a Minnesota defender that got the Garden rocking.
In a game that didn't have much drama, it had plenty of entertainment... and might have provided the play of the year for the Celtics.
Key Box Score Line
Tony Allen had his best game of the season and provided a huge spark for the Celtics off the bench. He finished with a season-high 15 points, which led all bench players in the game, but it didn't stop there. TA attacked the boards all night, dished out a few assists and, as we noted above, may have notched himself the premiere spot in the Celtics' highlight reel that will be pulled together when this season wraps up.
Box Score Nuggets
- Paul Pierce tied a franchise record tonight by making six threes without a miss.
- Every starter for Minnesota had at least one of their shots blocked.
- Boston racked up 25 fast break points.
- The Celtics assisted on 34 of the team's made field goals.
- Tony Allen scored a season-high 15 points off the bench.
- Rajon Rondo recorded 15 assists in only 32 minutes of play.
- Kendrick Perkins (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Rondo (13 points, 15 assists) both recorded double-doubles.
- Oleksiy Pecherov, who scored a career-high 24 points against Boston on Nov. 3, did not score a point tonight.
- Pierce scored a game-high 29 points.
- Boston's biggest lead of the night was 26 points.
- Minnesota scored 41 total points in the first two quarters, but then scored more than 30 in each of the final two periods.
- The teams combined to make 53 of 64 free throw attempts.
- Pierce did not miss from the 3-point line (6-of-6) or the free throw line (7-of-7).
Quote of the Night
Kevin Garnett on if he yelled at Paul Pierce and told him to be more aggressive offensively: "A little bit. Nothing that The Truth can't handle, though. Sometimes vice versa, I think that's what teammates are for -- to motivate each other. It wasn't a yell, though. It was like a real strong, stern voice. You got yelling and then you got a real strong stern voice, so I used my stern voice on him."