How about that bench?
The Celtics started sluggish and found themselves down 31-21 after one. But the second unit stormed the court and dropped 37 points in the 2nd quarter. The Nets fought their way back from a 7 point deficit and tied the game late in the 3rd. Cue the bench again. Eddie, Steph, Mikki and Tony Allen continued their hustle play and stretched the C’s lead back to 7. The starters came back and held on for the 106 – 104 win. That was a wild final 50 seconds, huh?
Here’s a quick look at the bench production:
- Eddie House – 15 pts, 3-4 3FG
- Stephon Marbury – 4 pts, 5 assists
- Mikki Moore – 9 pts, 9 reb
- Tony Allen – 5 pts, 6 reb and one sweet reverse jam on a lob from Ray
Rajon Rondo (31 pts, 9 reb, 5 assists, 3 stls and an inexplicable -13 plus/minus) was brilliant. Perk (12 pts, 9 reb) had a solid game too. But Pierce and Ray were so mediocre. John and I could have equaled their production.
Rajon may have been the star of the game, but the bench impressed me the most. I love the way it’s rounding into form for the playoffs.