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Fast Break: Paul Pierce, Celtics slay Kobe Bryant, Lakers to win 6th straight sans Rajon Rondo
Posted By Ben Rohrbach On February 7, 2013 @ 10:29 pm In General | No Comments
Kevin Garnett  scored his 25,000th career point, Paul Pierce  outshined Kobe Bryant , Dwight Howard  showed up (but not really), Fab Melo scored his first NBA points and the Celtics  won their sixth straight game without Rajon Rondo , 116-95 against the Lakers. All in all, not a bad night for the C’s.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
Exclusive membership: With a fadeaway jumper 3:52 into the second quarter, Kevin Garnett became the 16th player in NBA history to score 25,000 points. He joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , Karl Malone , Michael Jordan , Wilt Chamberlain , Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal , Moses Malone , Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon, Oscar Robertson , Dominique Wilkins, John Havlicek, Alex English, Reggie Miller  and Jerry West . Garnett became the first player to amass 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 5,000 assists, 1,500 blocks and 1,500 steals in his career. During the following timeout, after Doc Rivers  drew up a play, the crowd saluted Garnett, who returned the favor.
Winter Green: For the sixth time in seven games, Jeff Green  scored double-digit points. He entered the game averaging 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 26.3 minutes a night this month. That’s 17.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.3 blocks per 36 minutes. That’s good. He’s also played better defensively, assuming some of the load on Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James  and Kobe Bryant over the past eight games.
The sequence: The Celtics closed the third quarter on a 12-3 run that seemed more like an 83-1 run. The remarkable stretch featured the best of what these C’s have to offer: the Brandon Bass  mid-range game (18-footer), Avery Bradley ‘s defense (picked Bryant’s pocket), Jason Terry  on the runway (a transition triple), Jeff Green‘s athleticism (a fast-break dunk followed by a block of Antawn Jamison ) and both Paul Pierce‘s step-back jumper (from 19 feet) and his sense for the moment (a dagger of a 3). All that gave the Celtics a 95-69 lead after three, sent the Garden crowd into a frenzy and reminded just about everyone of Game 6 of the 2008 NBA finals .
WHAT WENT WRONG
Foul mood: In a span of 39 seconds — just two minutes into the game — the Celtics committed five fouls, including two by Kevin Garnett. Enter Jason Collins , who didn’t fare much better despite his reputation as the so-called Dwight stopper. Collins quickly racked up three personal fouls, giving way to Chris Wilcox . On the bright side, the Lakers missed 10-of-18 first-half free throws (Howard: 1-6 FT) and Garnett survived the first half with the two fouls.
Kobe being Kobe: It’s probably hard for Celtics fans to stop and appreciate Bryant’s offensive bag of tricks, but there’s something special about the fact that two natural born scorers like he and Pierce have played in L.A. and Boston for the entirety of their careers. Bryant’s best shot of the night — a ridiculous up-and-under — got waved off by a foul, but his jump shot along the baseline to close out the first half was classic Kobe. Keeping the Lakers within striking distance for most of the night, Bryant finished with 27 points on 9-of-15 shooting.
No Leandro: The Celtics scored 100 points, and somehow Leandro Barbosa  wasn’t involved. He finished 0-for-4 from the floor in 16 minutes, but still managed to contribute four rebounds and three assists. This is nitpicking, for sure, but the Celtics ran the Lakers out of the Garden and won their sixth straight game without Rondo. There wasn’t much that went wrong.
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 Kevin Garnett: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-garnett.htm
 Paul Pierce: http://media.weei.com/basketball/paul-pierce.htm
 Kobe Bryant: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kobe-bryant.htm
 Dwight Howard: http://media.weei.com/basketball/dwight-howard.htm
 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kareem-abdul-jabbar.htm
 Karl Malone: http://media.weei.com/basketball/karl-malone.htm
 Michael Jordan: http://media.weei.com/basketball/michael-jordan.htm
 Wilt Chamberlain: http://media.weei.com/basketball/wilt-chamberlain.htm
 Shaquille O’Neal: http://media.weei.com/basketball/shaquille-oneal.htm
 Moses Malone: http://media.weei.com/basketball/moses-malone.htm
 Oscar Robertson: http://media.weei.com/basketball/oscar-robertson.htm
 Reggie Miller: http://media.weei.com/basketball/reggie-miller.htm
 Jerry West: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jerry-west.htm
 Doc Rivers: http://media.weei.com/basketball/doc-rivers.htm
 Jeff Green: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jeff-green.htm
 LeBron James: http://media.weei.com/basketball/lebron-james.htm
 Brandon Bass: http://media.weei.com/basketball/brandon-bass.htm
 Avery Bradley: http://media.weei.com/basketball/avery-bradley.htm
 Jason Terry: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jason-terry.htm
 Antawn Jamison: http://media.weei.com/basketball/antawn-jamison.htm
 NBA finals: http://media.weei.com/basketball/nba-finals.htm
 Jason Collins: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jason-collins.htm
 Chris Wilcox: http://media.weei.com/basketball/chris-wilcox.htm
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