The Celtics gave this one away more than the Hornets won it. They dominated the first half, but they were outscored 58 -41 in the second half. The Celtics shot 61% in the first half and 55% for the game but couldn't hit the big shots down the stretch.
The Celtics defense was missing tonight as they allowed the Hornets to shoot 51%. They also allowed the Hornets to shoot 44% from beyond the arc.
The Celtics out rebounded the Hornets 44-29. They also outscored the Hornets in the paint 36-32 and had 16 fast break points to only 10 for the Hornets.
The difference in this game were the turnovers. The Celtics committed 20 turnovers, most of which came in the 4th quarter. The Hornets only committed 9 turnovers. It could have been fatigue or just mental lapses but the Celtics gave this game away.
One question was answered as Rondo had a very solid game with 23 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals. He played Chris Paul very well and proved that he can play with the best.
The Celtics should have won this game. It sets the table for a big game on Friday as the Hornets play in the Garden. The Celtics will certainly be looking for revenge in that game. The Celtics finished the trip 4-1, which was very good considering the opposition. They now go home for games against the Sixers, Suns and Hornets.