"When we put our foot on the gas, I don’t think we looked back,”
"It was a huge game for us. This is probably one of the better team, not only in the Eastern Conference but in our league. It’s a team that we might see later on, so the more the merrier. We knew that we had to bring it.”
"We watched them play Cleveland [a 96-89 Detroit win Wednesday], and we knew that we had to bring it. For the most part, we were talkative, we had energy, and I don't think we looked back."
"We think Rondo matches up with Iverson quickness for quickness,”
"You know, especially when you don’t expect him to outscore Iverson, it’s a big plus on a night like this. It just takes a lot of pressure off a lot of other guys. Nobody really had to have a huge night. It was a great team effort with Rondo leading the charge.”
“I think we really match up a lot better with them this year, than we did last year, especially with the Chauncey Billups factor. Even though Iverson is a great player, we don’t have to worry about their point guard posting us up.”
"The key to the game on the board before the game, if we can force them to play against our halfcourt defense, then we like our chances. If they get into fast break basketball, I like their chances.”
“Yeah, Tony, just the entire bench, but Tony was huge,”
"Rondo won a couple matchups last year when his speed was a factor,"
"So, yes, it's a bonus whenever you can win at that position against the."
"Our spacing was great,"
"We talked about it a lot during the first quarter during timeouts - our spacing was bad. We thought we had driving lanes but we were kind of walking out to the 3-point line to get space instead of spreading out and taking guys with them. I thought they did that in the second quarter, and that all owed guys to drive to the paint."
"The guys were terrific,"
This was one of our best efforts of the year on both ends of the floor. I thought we had great focus tonight, played with a great purpose on both ends."
“We talked about it this morning, if we could force them to play against our halfcourt defense, then we like our chances. If they get into fast-break basketball, I like their chances.”
"Things started going the other way, but then we started making subs,”
"We were playing well together.”
"This is a tough place to play, and we're one of the elite teams in the league,"
"Coming in on a back-to-back is tough against any team, but especially coming in here. Not making any excuses for them, we just played hard today, played well offensively and defensively. We forced a lot of turnovers (16) and that was a good thing for us."
"The thing with Doc is that if he senses a unit is playing particularly well,"
"he tends not to mess with it. He rides it until the wheels fall off. We were out there playing well, so he kept with it."
“Doc told us before the game,”
“that our bench had to be better than their bench. We took that as a challenge. We were fortunate enough to play hard and execute on plays and get some stops.”
“Basically I saw guys driving with their heads down, and I just took a reach in there,”
“They could easily have gone the other way.”
“I just take what the defense gives me,”
"We've just been going out there, moving the ball,"
"Guys are not worrying about themselves. We're just playing together, and that's the key."
"Beating the Lakers and the Cavs, that speaks volumes, you knew they were going to get better. They had to get comfortable with Allen and Allen had to get comfortable with the system."