(9:35 to play) Bust A Move on the loudspeakers, cue Dancing Kid! The Celtics need him, as Golden State won’t go away, holding off a furious Celtics rally to hold on to a 93-92 lead. Allow me to channel my inner Marv Albert… “A chant… of DEFENSE from the crowd!” Big and 1 for Big Baby… the foul shot gives Boston a 2-point lead with 8:40 to go.
Furious exchanges as we go back and forth in the fourth. Stephen Jackson nailed a 3 in front of the Celtics bench, and let Scal know about it in a funny moment. Jamal Crawford added another one. But Ray Allen came back with one of his own, and Tony Allen added a 3-point play off a KG miss. Garnett added a 3-point play of his own and its a four-point lead, 106-102 in favor of the Celtics, with 5:21 to go.
Rajon Rondo with a big putback of a Pierce miss with 4:37 to play… He has 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. OK, maybe he is an All-Star (if he would do this every night). KG has 17 and 11 boards, 22 for Allen, 21 for Pierce… very balanced night. 108-104 Celtics.
Interesting lineup Doc is using at crunch time, basically the starters with Tony Allen in place of Kendrick Perkins. Makes sense given the fact that KG is bigger than the entire Golden State roster. This quicker lineup is getting to more rebounds and loose balls than the Warriors. Ray Allen might have just clinched this one for the Celtics, nailing a 3-pointer to make it 113-104 with 3:10 to play.
The Celtics are putting this one away, up 9 with a minute to play. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is the first time in a long long time they’ve given up 30 points to two different players in the same game (Jackson and Maggette both have 30). Not their best defensive effort, but good enough to get the job done. I’m sure after they stuff themselves with turkey – Doc will put them through a few tough practices. Great scoring balance amongst the Celtics… and that’s all folks! 119-111 is your final…
Happy Thanksgiving from the entire SportsCenter 5 team to you and yours – we’ll see you tomorrow night for High 5 Thanksgiving Heroes at 7:30 and 11:25!