Joe Johnson missed a potentially game tying free throw with 2 seconds left, paving the way for the Celtics 16th straight win. KG (18 pts, 8 reb, 2 blks) was the man for the C’s, dropping 10 points in the fourth quarter including a half-hook shot that put Boston ahead with :30 left.
“Beastondo” teamed up for a helluva play with 9 seconds left as Perkins (8 pts, 10 reb, 4 blks) blocked Joe Johnson and Rondo grabbed the loose ball and got fouled. Rondo (15 pts, 7 assists, 6 reb) did miss one free throw but fortunately for us, Johnson gagged.
Rondo really showed his maturity on that possession which ended with the lob to KG for the dunk with 1:30 left. He could have easily hoisted an awkward shot in the lane, but he remained patient even with the shot clock winding down and eventually found Garnett.
Dramatic finish aside, this was an ugly game for 3 quarters. Both teams found their offensive rhythm in the final quarter.
More to come….
“….feels good to come in here and spoil their dreams.” – Kendrick Perkins
After the jump, some pictures of the Hawks dancers….