Michael Finley scored 11 of his 14 points in the 4th quarter to lead the Celtics past the Raptors 115-104.
How hot was Finley? So hot, Doc kept Paul Pierce (20 points, 5 assists) on the bench for the final 12 minutes. Ray Allen was also clutch – 10 of his 18 points – came in the 4th.
This game was much closer than the final score. The Raptors led by two at the break, thanks to a 17-point first half by Sonny Weems.
The Celtics turned on the jets in the 2nd half (63 total points). They stretched the lead to double-digits a few times in the 4th quarter, only to have Toronto creep back to within 6 on several occasions. Fortunately for us, Finley nailed clutch baskets to stop any momentum.
Rajon Rondo had 21 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Ray Allen Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 1 rebound. One rebound?
KG tweaked his left ankle late in the 2nd quarter. He limped off the court, but returned a few minutes later. Hedu Turkododo suffered a nasal contusion, courtesy of an inadvertent Tony Allen head-butt. He left the court in the 1st quarter and did not return.
Marquis Daniels played 24 seconds in the first half, while Nate Robinson did not see the court. Can I go on record and say I'm not on board with Doc's rotation and he will need both of those guys in the playoffs?