Rajon Rondo dished out 17 assists and nine points to lead his Boston Celtics past the Detroit Pistons 109-86 yesterday at The Palace of Auburn Hills. He also produced a triple-double with 24 assists in Friday’s win over the New York Knicks to total at 67 through Boston’s first four games of the season. “He’s unbelievable. He played the perfect floor game tonight,” said captain Paul Pierce after the game. “He had 17 assists and no turnovers. You can’t get any better than that.”
The Celtics were in control early on with the 57-44 lead in the first half. Kevin Garnett led the balanced scoring attack with 22 points. Jermaine O’Neal, Glen Davis and Semih Erden split the work down low for 24 points collectively.
“We knew we had an advantage with Kevin in the post, so we were going to try to exploit that,” Rivers said. “They didn’t try to do much trapping, and the few times they did, we did a great job of moving the ball to the open man.” Next on schedule for the C’s are a pair of home contests against the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls November 3rd and 5th. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!
Paul Pierce scored 12 points in the first six minutes of play to boost his Boston Celtics past the Detroit Pistons 119-93 yesterday at the TD Garden. The C’s jumped out to a 29-point lead 30 seconds into the second block when Pierce picked up his third foul and left the game for good.
“It’s coming around,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “It’s still not there, but that was great to see. He looked explosive. I think he’s getting closer, and our team’s getting closer.” Pierce, Ray Allen and Michael Finley split the action with 15 points apiece. Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis and Kendrick Perkins followed up with 14, 13 and 11, respectively.
In 2010 the Celtics are 32-10 with their full starting five. Hopefully they’ll be able to remain healthy through the end of the regular season as they battle for the third seed in the Eastern Conference. The Garden will next welcome the New York Knicks tomorrow night at 7:30 PM. Boston Celtics tickets are now available right here at AceTicket.com!
The New York Knicks featured six players in double digits to cruise by the Detroit Pistons 128-104 yesterday at the Madison Square Garden. Al Harrington led the campaign with 26 points and eight rebounds. Former Celtics reserve Bill Walker shot 9-for-13 to produce a career high 22 points for his new squad. Tracy McGrady and David Lee supplied 15 apiece as Eddie House came off the bench for 17.
The 21-39 record posted this season doesn’t sit well with the young, talented Knicks roster. Walker and House since being traded in February have collectively stepped up for the struggling organization. “That’s just natural ability,” said Walker. “I always thought I could play on this type of level. It just took a while for me to get the opportunity.”
The Pistons have lost their last five contests looking ahead to their next road challenge against the top seeded Cavaliers tomorrow night. New York is next scheduled to face the Toronto Raptors Friday before hosting the New Jersey Nets the following day.
Nate Robinson has already found his rhythm as a member of the Boston Celtics, netting 4-of-5 from long range last night to help his squad battle past the Detroit Pistons 105-100 at The Palace. The former New York Knicks stand-out’s 14 points in 15 minutes played certainly exceeds expectations in regards to his new role.
“This was big for us,” said Ray Allen following his 18 point performance. “Nate was big. He can get to the basket, he can hit the mid-range stuff and he can get the 3-ball. That helps us a lot with the second unit.”
The Celts were desperate for a win after falling to the last place New Jersey Nets last weekend at home. A road win in Detroit might be just what they need to build momentum looking ahead to the last two months of the regular season. The C’s are scheduled to head back to Boston to host the Charlotte Bobcats tonight at 7:30 PM. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!
Dwight Howard posted 33 points and 17 rebounds to lead his Orlando Magic past the Detroit Pistons 116-91 yesterday at the Amway Arena. The game was reasonably close until the fourth quarter, where the Orlando defense held strong to allow just 14 points to their 33. Vince Carter shot well over 50 percent to claim 20 points on the night. Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis chipped in with 14 and 13, lifting Orlando to an impressive 21-5 record at home.
With the rest of the starters collectively covering their respective assignments, it was Howard who really took control with his physical play in the paint. “When there’s times on the court when you got to be physical like that, guys don’t back down on any challenge,” he said. “That’s what we have to do. We can’t back down from anybody.” The Magic are set to welcome the Dallas Mavericks on Friday as the Pistons return to host the Milwaukee Bucks.
Tracy McGrady took the floor for the first time in ten months as the Houston Rockets went on to defeat the Detroit Pistons 107-96 yesterday at Toyota Center. T-Mac was greeted with a standing ovation in light of his highly anticipated return. He was limited to just eight minutes, but further swayed the momentum with his top of the key three-ball in the first quarter.
“It’s been so long since I’ve played, it was just a great feeling to be back on the court,” said McGrady. “Just to get up and down the court with these guys and to be back out there competing is what I missed. To have that back, finally, and feel good and have fun doing it, there’s nothing better.”
Luis Scola and Aaron Brooks led the Rockets in scoring with 23 each. Carl Landry had a very productive night off the bench, netting six-of-ten with a side of seven free throws for 19 points. Houston will next travel to Denver tonight to square off against the Nuggets as the Pistons head to New Orleans to face the Hornets.
Kobe Bryant netted 40 points for the 100th time as the Los Angeles Lakers avoided their third straight loss against the Detroit Pistons last night at the Staples Center. Detroit created a late game run after being down 25 heading into the fourth quarter, proceeding to outscore LA 30-18. Unfortunately for them not enough time remained, resulting in a 106-93 Lakers victory.
Bryant now trails just Michael Jordan (173) and Wilt Chamberlain (271) on the NBA’s list of most career 40-point games. “It’s a true honor,” said Bryant. “A lot of work went into it, and when I look back on that, I can’t believe I had 100 of those games. It’s just a good feeling.”
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Veteran guard Allen Iverson has been waiting all summer as a free agent, but has just recently received the official call from the Memphis Grizzlies. Pending a last minute snag, the Grizzlies have offered Iverson a one-year $3.5 million deal with incentives to make the deal larger.
Iverson through his Twitter page has stated “God chose Memphis as the place that I will continue my career. I met with Mr. Heinsley, Chris Wallace, and my next head coach Lionel Hollins.” He continued to express his enthusiasm by saying “I feel that they are committed to developing a winner and I know that I can help them to accomplish that. I feel I can trust them.”
After below average years put in with the Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons, Iverson will look to really focus in and bring up the young talent surrounding him. The Grizzlies besides Iverson will rely on Mike Conley Jr., O.J. Mayo, and Rudy Gay. The franchise heading into their 2009-2010 campaign produced a very successful off-season, adding center Hasheem Thabeet and forwards Sam Young and DeMarre Carroll in the NBA draft. They have also acquired forward Zach Randolph from the Clippers this summer.
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