Celtics 98, Suns 116
Everyone knew it was going to be a difficult night for Boston with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis and Marquis Daniels all out with injuries (yes, that's half of the team's top eight players), but no one knew it was going to be a full-fledged blowout. The Suns came out hot from the field and opened up a double-digit lead in the first half that was never truly threatened by the C's.
Boston did cut the lead down to nine points early in the third quarter, but Phoenix quickly dispelled any thoughts the Celtics may have had about staging a comeback. Alvin Genrty called a timeout for the Suns with 9:06 remaining in the period after their lead was back to single digits. It was a critical moment that helped spark Phoenix to a game-changing run.
The first basket after that timeout was an Amar'e Stoudemire dunk off of a Steve Nash pass. After Rasheed Wallace answered back with a short jumper, Jason Richardson then made a layup off of another Nash assist. Richardson added two free throws on the next Suns possession and just 30 seconds later, Channing Frye drilled a 3-pointer.
When all was said and done, the Suns put together a quick 9-2 spurt by shooting 3-for-3 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line, all in less than two minutes. The lead had swelled up to 16, at 71-55, and there was no looking back from there for Phoenix.
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Channing Frye had what may have been the best overall game of his career tonight by drilling nearly every shot he took and attacking the glass with a purpose. Boston had no match for Frye, who made six of his 10 3-pointers, tied for the game-high in points with 26 and was the only player to record a double-double.
Box Score Nuggets
- Eddie House shot 5-of-9 from 3-point range and scored a team-high 19 points.
- Shelden Williams scored 14 points off the bench for Boston in only 19 minutes of playing time.
- The Celtics played tonight's game without Paul Pierce (knee), Kevin Garnett (knee), Glen Davis (ankle) and Marquis Daniels (thumb).
- Both teams shot well from the line, with Boston shooting 22-of-30 from the charity stripe and Phoenix making 27-of-32.
- Channing Frye and Amar'e Stoudemire tied for the game-high in points with 26 apiece.
- Steve Nash and Rajon Rondo both finished with eight assists.
- Amar'e Stoudemire made 11 of his 14 field goal attempts.
- Brian Scalabrine fouled out of the game in only 23 minutes of playing time.
- Phoenix scored only 11 fast-break points to Boston's 20.
- Both teams finished with 15 turnovers.