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“I made a point of it,” Rivers said. “I reminded our guys that Paul was on our team and Kevin was on our team. I loved that at halftime, they had the most shots. That’s how it’s got to be every night.”
Identity crisis solved.
At least for a night.
Pierce scored 15 of his game-high 27 points in the second half, including eight in the fourth quarter, to provide the clutch offense. Garnett forced a turnover on Washington’s potential go-ahead possession with 28 seconds left and Boston avoided a second straight 0-3 start to the season.
You can talk all you want about this being Rajon Rondo’s team, Jason Terry’s ability to score off the dribble, Jeff Green’s assertiveness, Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee’s defense, Doc Rivers ability to motivate and design plays, the emergence of Jared Sullinger, Darko’s passing (sarcasm), but none of that matters if Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett don’t get theirs.
Last night’s win in Washington was vintage (2008-present) Celtics – much harder than it had to be. But I think I speak for many fans when I say… we’ll take it.
Related: CSNNE – Familiar formula: KG’s D, Pierce’s offense
The rest of the links:
Herald – Capital gains by Celtics | Rivers calls on Sullinger | Globe – Pierce’s 3 pointer leads Celtics to win | Green returns to native DC | CSNNE – Bench lacking in win | ESPN Boston – Terry diary: DC was a must win |