Doc Rivers used only three players off his bench… and they all responded.
Glen Davis (20 points, 8-11 FG, 8 rebounds) was a monster. Delonte West had 9 points and 5 assists. Jeff Green chipped in with 10 points.
Ray Allen will always been known as a scorer (20 points tonight) but he's really a complete player. He had a key strip of Marco Belinelli with 1:35 left and snared an offensive rebound with 25 seconds left and the Celtics nursing a two point lead.
The Celtics flipped the switch in the 3rd quarter, outscoring NOLA 27-14 while shooting 75%.
Rajon Rondo (9 points, 5 assists) injured his right hand after colliding with Kevin Garnett in the 3rd quarter. He iced the hand on the bench and returned midway through the 4th. Tommy addressed the question we were all thinking – why not put Delonte back in the game? He said it would hurt morale and the team's late game chemistry.
Paul Pierce shot 1-9 FG. His one make was a three-pointer which stretched the Cs lead to 81-75 in the 4th.
Nads went nose-to-nose with David West in the 4th quarter. The refs called a double-technical.
Speaking of the officials, they were bad. Real bad. Since when is hip-checking allowed? The Hornets hammered both Pierce and Ray Allen in the final minute yet the whistles remained silent.
It appeared as if Glen Davis give the finger to some fans behind the Celtics bench. One of our Twitter followers also saw the same thing. This alleged gesture could cost him some cash.
Marco Belinelli started white-hot. He torched Boston's defense for 14 of his 23 points in the 1st quarter. NOLA led 28-14 and many Twitter fans questioned if the Cs were going to show any heart tonight. They did. We just had to wait until the 2nd half.
INJURY UPDATE: Doc said Rondo lost feeling in his fingers.
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