The Celtics gutted out a 104-99 win over the Pacers that was anything but pretty.
Stephon Marbury (13 min, 8 pts, 4-6 FG, 2 assists, 3 TO) played a damn good game. He is such a smooth offensive player. Not a bad performance for a guy who hasn't played a regular season game in 13 months.
Ray Allen (30 pts, 6-10 3FG) carried the offensive burden.
Glen Davis (18 pts) and Leon Powe (14 pts, 6 reb) both had solid games. Big Baby had a couple of big baskets down the stretch to keep Indiana from creeping back.
It's tough to fault Rajon Rondo when he dishes out 17 assists, but he passed up too many open 12 footers. Way too many.
For anyone who cares, the Celtics are paying Marbury more than we thought:
A source with knowledge of league finances told ESPN.com that Boston used $1.2 million of the $2.4 million it had remaining from the midlevel salary exception. Marbury's salary will not be prorated, meaning he will earn $52,174 for each of Boston's remaining 23 regular season games.
More pics from the game….after the jump.