Rajon Rondo tried to make things easy for the Celtics tonight. He really tried.
And if they were playing just about anyone but the Charlotte Bobcats, his triple double of 17 points, 10 boards and 12 dimes wouldn’t have been enough to make up for the sluggish performance from just about everyone else…
…but since they were playing the young Cats, it was good for a 100-89 Celtics’ victory.
Paul Pierce scored a game high 19 points, but it took 16 shots to get them. Kevin Garnett only hit on 2 of his 11 shots for 7 points but did haul down 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who managed to run their winning streak to six games despite the poor shooting touch.
Luckily, the brick fest didn’t filter to the Celtics backcourt. Rondo, who recorded his third triple-double of the season, and shooting guard Avery Bradley combined on 14 for 22 from the field, Bradley nailing four from the parking lot.
Nor did it affect the bench, with Green, Sullinger and Lee scoring 11, 8 and 9 respectively, seeing less time than normal as the Bobcats made things tough for the now 20-17 Celtics.
The Celtics led by as much as 18 in the first half before letting the ‘Cats get the lead down to 11 at the half - the bleeding didn’t stop there, as Charlotte went on a rapid 11-2 run to tie the game just 4 minutes into the 3rd quarter. The game was nip and tuck from that point until the Celtics found the energy to produce a 9-0 run in the 4th quarter to salt away the win.
Hakim Warrick and Ramon Sessions scored 16 points a piece for the Bobcats, who lost their third straight and 23rd in their last 25 games. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist chipped in with 10 points and a team high 9 rebounds for Charlotte who now take their 9-28 record home to take on the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night.
Boston welcomes Head Coach Doc Rivers’ son Austin and his New Orleans Hornets to TD Garden Wednesday night before hosting the Chicago Bulls on Friday.