Paul Pierce Pushes Celtics Past the Rockets in Overtime

March 6th, 2012 by Patrick Buscone Leave a reply »
Towards the end of the game, Pierce didn't look like himself with his headband knocked off for the majority of overtime, but in terms of play, he certainly looked like himself. Pierce scored 30 points, eleven of which came from the free throw line (he shot 11-12 from the charity stripe). And, like the whole Celtics team, Pierce played his best in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead the Celtics to a 97-92 win.

Because through four quarters, it was about as ugly of a game as you'll see. The Celtics couldn't buy a bucket or a rebound (they got out-rebounded 57-38) and watched a ten point lead turn into a ten point deficit. 

In fact, the game should have never gone to overtime had Rondo made the simplest and most fundamental shots in basketball. Whoever Rondo's coach was growing up must have neglected to teach Rondo one of the most basic aspects of the game. When you are on the left side, you take a lefty-layup because he inexplicably tried to shoot a wide open layup with his right hand, while he was on the left side. He bricked it. The game went to overtime. 

And even in overtime, the Celtics didn't play perfect, Garne ...

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