Nothing like a double-overtime thriller to get the blood flowing, huh? Ray Allen (22 pts, 5-13 3FG) hit two gigantic shots: a game-tying 3 with 12 seconds left in the 1st OT and the game winning 3 with 2 seconds left in the 2nd OT.
We’ve seen this act before, the Celtics play like crap for 3+ quarters and flip the switch in the fourth. It hasn’t worked in the past (two losses to the Magic), but it worked tonight.
Eddie House (18 pts) and Rajon Rondo (21 pts, 9 assists, 4 stls) each had 8 big points in the fourth quarter rally. Rondo’s two FTs forced the 1st OT.
Paul Pierce was steady all night: 32 pts, 6 reb, 4 assists
Perk (4 pts, 12 reb, 5 blks) had two huge blocks late in the 4th which ignited the Celtics defense. He had another swat on Boris Diaw in 2OT.
The Celtics regained the #2 seed in the East thanks to Orlando’s loss to the Raptors.
Gerald Wallace really pissed me off. Any time a Celtics made contact with him, Wallace acted like he’d been shot. What’s worse is the refs bought it. I was hoping Perk would pull a “Bynum” and deck him.
You ready for the bad news? Pierce – 47 minutes, Ray – 46 minutes