The Celtics remain unbeaten at home with their 105-82 win over Golden State. They jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. The starters played fewer minutes than in the past and that's a good thing. The bench made some meaningful contributions and the Celtics defense was back, limiting the Warriors to 33% shooting. The ball movement was good with 26 assists on 38 baskets. And the Celtics dominated the glass with a 52-40 rebounding edge.
Ray Allen finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds in 31 minutes and won the Tommy Award. KG poured in 20 points to go with 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 block in 33 minutes. Pierce had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes. It is good that Doc kept their minutes under 40 finally. Not coincidentally, Ray's shot was falling again after he had a few days off.
Perk played very well with 7 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and only 2 fouls in 20 minutes. He was called for a technical foul for swinging his elbows after being tied up on a layup. Rondo played 26 minutes and finished with 4 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.
Off the bench, Eddie House had 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists in 25 minutes. Tony looked better tonight finishing with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 block in 20 minutes and did a good job of running the point for a while.
The Celtics got back to playing their game and after a defensive lapse in Orlando, once again put defense front and center. They hustled for loose balls and moved the ball very well. Next up, the Lakers are coming to town on Friday. Should be a good game.