19 March 2007
The Boston tea party
Very high WTF levels tonight. The Celtics connected on their first nine shots and led 31-26 after the first quarter; in the second quarter they missed their first nine shots, and then two more. At the half, the Hornets were up 57-40, which means that the Bosstown bunch scored a whole 9 points in the quarter. The gap widened in the third as the Hornets started making shots, and most of the fourth was garbage time. Final: Bees 106, Celtics 88.
It's worth noting that Boston outrebounded the Hornets, 39-36, and Paul Pierce was far and away the leading scorer, dropping in 28 points. But by any standards their play in the last 36 minutes was ragged, and Doc Rivers can't be happy with the results.
Meanwhile, the Hornets got some numbers of their own; they shot 53.3 percent, and a startling 62.5 percent from beyond the arc. (Rasual Butler, now on a roll, hit five of six treys and scored 18 points, more than any of the starters.) Tyson Chandler, after a few misses, was back in the double-double column, with 16 points and 11 boards.
A quick flight to Memphis, where the Grizzlies await; after that, things start to get, um, hairy.Posted at 9:25 PM to Net Proceeds