Rondo was aggressive from start to finish in this game and outplayed the 2 time MVP Steve Nash. Rondo finished with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals while Nash had 12 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 turnovers. Rondo's performance had Suns fans wishing they could trade Nash for Rondo and thinking wistfully about the fact that they drafted him and then let him go.
KG's defense on Shaq was terrific as was his play on both ends of the court. He finished with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 1 block in 25 minutes. Afterward he likened having to guard Shaq to having to having to hold up the foundation of a house and having it fall on you.
Once again, Scal's defense was impressive. Scal finished with 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block while holding Amare Stoudamire to 3 points and 1 rebound.
Ray had a very efficient night, scoring 20 points on 8-12 shooting to go with 2 rebounds, 23 assists, and 1 steal in 32 minutes of play.
Pierce started out hot, hitting the first 3 shots of the game and finished strong doing a little bit of everything with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals in 32 minutes.
Big Baby and Leon filled in nicely off the bench. Big Baby finished with 9 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 assist while Leon had 5 points and 5 rebounds.
Gabe Pruitt continues to show that he is capable of filling in behind Rondo at the point as he finished with 2 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists and 2 steals. His defense has been very impressive also. I like the way Gabe and Eddie House play together and it frees Eddie up to play his natural position. Eddie finished with 6 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Bill Walker is also making a case for staying with the team and getting more playing time. He finished with 7 points in 5 minutes of play.
The starters got to enjoy Gino from the bench as they got to sit out the 4th quarter of the 104-87 blowout after building a 30 point lead at the half. They have a 5 game win streak going and next up is Miami. Hopefully they will bring the defensive mindset they had in this game on the road. When they play as they did tonight, they are very hard to beat.