Boston Celtics Get First Win in Paul Pierce’s Return

December 31st, 2011 by Patrick Buscone Leave a reply »
The Boston Celtics finally got their first win of the season in the home opener last night, beating the Detroit Pistons 96-85 (although they built more than a twenty point lead before pulling the starters).

It was also Paul Pierce's first game of the season, and while he only scored twelve points, he looked very good. The team flowed much better with him on the court and he even dished out five assists.

It truly was a good team win for the Celtics because no one player really dominated and no player even scored more than 20 points. As a team they played good defense and were very efficient offensively, shooting 52 percent for the field, 44 percent from three, and an incredible 19-19 from the free throw line.

Perhaps the most defining play of the whole game was when Garnett received an outlet pass from Rondo, and instead of going up over two defenders, threw a behind the back pass to Pierce in the corner for a tough three. Pierce hit it to extend the Celtics lead to 14 points.

The Celtics played unselfish basketball, hit shots, and played good defense last night—and that has been a winning formula for this team ever si ...

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