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Celtics Late Rally Tops Mavs

Posted by Ace Staff on February 13th, 2009

The Boston Celtics made a dramatic comeback on Thursday night to finish the first half of the season with a .800 winning percentage. Rajon Rondo had his second career triple double, although his coach Doc Rivers was not there to see it. Rivers was ejected in the third quarter after a heated exchange between Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki. Garnett racked up three fouls, and River had two technicals for arguing in less than a minute of game time. “It gave us a nice little spark,” Pierce told Stephen Hawkins of the AP. “It can go one of two ways. The coach is gone in the last game before the All-Star break, you can pack it in. But this group is very competitive. We’re going to fight.” That spark took a Celtics team down by 15 to getting their first lead of the game on a Paul Pierce jumper. The Celtics had 30 points in a defensively dominant fourth quarter; only allowing 17 points. The Celtics head into the All-Star Break with a 44-11 record, good for first place in the Eastern Conference. The C’s lead the Cleveland Cavaliers by two games, and the Orlando Magic by four. Boston Celtics Tickets are available now!

Celtics Start Road Trip With a Win

Posted by Ace Staff on February 12th, 2009

After losing their last two contests at home to the Lakers and Spurs, the Boston Celtics found a way to come together and defeat the Hornets 89-77 in New Orleans.  Paul Pierce led the C’s in scoring with 30 points, and Garnett added 14 points while pulling down 10 boards.  Eddie House chipped in with 12 points, scoring eight in the final period as he filled in well for Ray Allen, who missed the second half after hyperextending his thumb. Chris Paul returned last night after missing 4 games due to a right groin strain.  He finished with 13 points and five assists in his 32 minutes played.  David West and Hilton Armstrong scored 15 and 14 despite the Hornets coming up short. Last nights game marked the first of six straight road games against Western Conference teams for the C’s.  Ray Allen is due to come back tonight as the Celtics travel to Dallas to match up against the Mavericks at 9:30 p.m.  He will also be recognized as an All-Star due to the recent injury of Orlando’s Jameer Nelson.  Look for the Big 3 Sunday night as they represent the Eastern Conference in the 2009 All-Star game. Boston Celtics tickets are available now!

Robert Horry Interested in Joining the Green

Posted by Ace Staff on February 11th, 2009

The Sacramento Bee is reporting that perpetual playoff weapon off the bench, Robert Horry, wants to return to pro ball this season. While he would love to rejoin the Spurs, his friendship with former Rockets teammate Sam Cassell also opens up the possibility of joining the Boston Celtics. Horry made light of a towel-throwing incident with current Boston GM Danny Ainge, joking that it would be all over the media within moments if he went to the C’s. The Celtics are still looking for veteran depth, especially given PJ Brown’s likely decision to retire. Boston Celtics tickets are available now.

Celtics Fall to Late Spurs Rally

Posted by Ace Staff on February 9th, 2009

With just 45 seconds to go in the 4th quarter of last night’s game, the Celtics held a one point lead. Boston’s costly mistakes and San Antonio’s stellar play led to 11 straight points to leave the game at a 105-99 final. Manu Ginobli’s steal off of Ray Allen’s inbound pass put the game out of reach.

“We’ve got a tough task in front of us, going on the road for the next couple of weeks, and we’ve got to make up some ground,” Celtics Captain Paul Pierce told Jimmy Golen of the AP. “We have our work cut out for us. This is a big road trip for us.”

The Celtics go to New Orleans to face the Hornets on February 11th.

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Ray Allen's Buzzer Beater Tops Sixers

Posted by Ace Staff on February 4th, 2009

With half a second to go, Ray Allen fired off a game-winning 3-pointer to give the Celtics their 12th consecutive win. Without Kevin Garnett for the second consecutive game, the rest of the team had to step it up again. Paul Pierce was stellar again, scoring 29 points with 7 rebounds and 6 assists-including the game winner to Allen. “I got to my spot and (Pierce) made a great play,”Allen told AP writer Dan Gelston. Allen’s recent stellar play seems to be giving him a shot at the All-Star team. “I think he’s an All-Star,” Doc Rivers told the AP“If they make an injury substitution, I think those shots clinched it.” Glen Davis continues to make a huge impact as KG’s replacement. Big Baby had a  doubl-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) and managed to stay out of foul trouble for most of the game. Boston Celtics tickets are available now!

Celtics Win 11th Straight, Without KG

Posted by Ace Staff on February 2nd, 2009

In Sunday’s matchup, former Celtics put up 61 points on their old team. Current Celtic Paul Pierce answered with a 36-point, 8 rebound, 6 assist effort in the absence of the “biggest” of the Big Three. “I just try to give the game what it needs. Today, I thought it needed my scoring,” Paul told Jimmy Golen of the AP. “You go off and say ‘Hey, I’ve still got it.’ Even at 31.” Al Jefferson, a major piece in the deal that brought Kevin Garnett over from the Timberwolves, had 34 Pts and 11 rebounds against his old club. Boston led by as many as 21, but a 15 of 17 Minnesota run eventually put them within 5 points. But Allen and Pierce had a jumper and two free throws to put the C’s back up by 9

Celtics Dominate Kings for 9th Straight Win

Posted by Ace Staff on January 29th, 2009

Eddie House shot 8-9 from beyond the arc to score a career high 28 points as the C’s handled the Sacramento Kings 119-100 last night in Boston.  Point guard Rajon Rondo scored 24 points and dished out 28 assists.  Glen Davis, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen scored 14, 14, and 12. Paul Pierce chipped in with eight points and eight assists in his 27 minutes played. After the game Garnett made it a mission to promote Eddie House for the upcoming NBA All-Star events.  “He needs to be in the 3-point contest,” he said.  “That’s what this press conference is about: Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are here to say that we think Eddie House needs to be in the 3-point contest.”  Garnett and Pierce aren’t the only people supporting House, knowing the crowd chanted his name whenever he touched the ball along with giving him a standing ovation when he left the court with 4 minutes left. The C’s gave Sacramento their seventh straight loss as they continue a winning streak of their own.  John Salmons and Jason Thompson led the Kings scoring 22 and 21 points, but their efforts weren’t enough to make it even a close game. Boston’s next test will be January 30th against the Pistons in Detroit.  The Pistons will be looking to end the streak with the Celtics hoping to keep rolling heading into the All-Star break. Boston Celtics Tickets are available now for all games!

House Leads the Charge; Celtics Win 6 Straight

Posted by Ace Staff on January 22nd, 2009

Eddie House scored 20 points in the second quarter alone last night in a 98-83 Boston Celtics victory over the Miami Heat.  House shot 7-11 from 3 point range and finished the game with 25.  Ray Allen scored a game high 27 for the C’s, contributing to the teams 15 for 25 3-point shooting percentage.  Kevin Garnett scored 16 points, and pulled down 13 rebounds.  Paul Pierce added 14 points. House, who was with the Heat for his first three seasons in the league says although he’s used to Miami’s American Airlines Arena, his performance didn’t have much to do with the gym itself.  “I don’t think this had anything to do with the building,” he said.  “I was just getting open looks.  We concentrated on moving the ball, and this is what happened.” Dwayne Wade received the NBA player of the month award for December at the half as the Heat trailed the Celtics 57-34.  Wade scored 25 points for Miami followed by Deaquan Cook who finished with 20. Up next for the Celtics is a tough match up tonight against the Orlando Magic; a team currently leading the league with a 33-8 record. The Celtics beat the Magic earlier this season, making this a payback game for Orlando.  Looking ahead Celtics coach Doc Rivers states “We’re obviously not where we want to be but we’re starting to trend in the right direction.” Boston Celtics tickets are available now!

Celtics Cruise By Suns

Posted by Ace Staff on January 20th, 2009

The Boston Celtics kept the winning streak rolling at the Garden last night, as they easily handled the Pheonix Suns 104-87.  Rajon Rondo had a big night scoring 23 points and dishing out 7 assists, before he and the rest of the starters sat for the entire fourth quarter.  The game was decided after the first half with a 30 point advantage to the Celtics.  Ray Allen scored 20 points in his 32 minutes; as Garnett and Pierce finished with 16 and 12 respectively. Shaquille O’Neal led the Suns with 16 points, and Nash followed with 12 points and 8 assists.  When asked about the C’s play,  Nash simply stated the Celtics “put on a clinic for us tonight.”  The game brought back memories of the Celtics’ 19 game winning streak earlier in the season. After a recent mid-season drought, they seem to be back in cruise control as they have won 5 in a row.  When asked about their season Pierce stated “I never really thought we lost our confidence. We’re still the defending champions. It’s just a matter of remembering who we are as a team.”  Next the Celtics travel to Florida, facing off against the Heat the 21st, followed by Orlando on the 22nd. Boston Celtics tickets are available now!

Oden Has Breakout Game vs Bucks

Posted by Ace Staff on January 20th, 2009

Portland “rookie” Greg Oden is finally starting to have the kind of games the Trailblazers drafted him for. Oden’s 24 point, 15 rebound, 2 steal, and 2 block outing helped the Blazers shred the Milwaukee Bucks. It was Oden’s 12th double-double on the season, team best for the season. Portland’s 102-85 win puts them at 25-16 on the season, putting them just 1.5 games behind Denver in the Northwest division. Despite the Darius Miles salary cap drama, the Trail Blazers have been playing solid .500 ball since the holiday break, and will face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Portland Trail Blazers tickets are available now!