Anyone else drop their pipe and nearly light their smoking jacket on fire when Bargnani hit that three-pointer to force OT? Fortunately my cognac spilled amid the panic and put out the flames.
Seriously though, is anything going to come easy for this team? The Celtics overcame a 9 point halftime deficit with strong 3rd and 4th quarters. But in the final 1:30 of the fourth, they surrendered a 3-point bomb to Will Solomon, another jumper by Bargnani and following a Pierce missed free throw that could have iced the game, the Bargnani game-tying three.
But the Green came out with some passion in OT. Pierce nailed a 3 and a deep 2, Ray buried a 3 and then a triple-teamed Pierce found Leon for a layup. KG beat three Raptors for an offensive rebound on a missed free throw. The Celtics set a team record for points in an overtime – 22. In fact, they scored more points in OT than they did in the 1st and 4th quarters.
Pierce finished with 39 pts, 13-26 FG, 9 rebounds in 49 minutes. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t going to play due to sore knee. KG had 20 pts, 12 reb and 2 blks. Leon played a solid game too – 10 pts, 7 reb in 26 minutes.
Celtics 115 – Raptors 109 |Box Score | Recap