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Celts pull together to hold off Nuggets, clinch playoff spot


By Couper Moorhead, for NBA.com
Posted Wednesday March 24, 2010 11:36PM

BOSTON (NBA.com exclusive) -- It seems as though most Boston Celtics home games get touch-and-go in the second half, no matter how big a lead they had earned. And until recently, a lost lead would almost always become a lost contest.

But Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets, when the Celtics squandered a 20-point third quarter advantage, they responded with force, burying the Nuggets in the fourth almost as quickly as their lead had eroded. The result was a 113-99 victory, which clinched a spot in the playoffs.

For much of the first three quarters, the Nuggets looked anything but on their game. The absence of Kenyon Martin was killing them in the middle -- they allowed 58 points in the paint -- they weren't challenging shots, they were allowing the third-worst offensive rebounding team in the league to collect second-chance points and overall just appeared ready for the regular season to end.

"Offensive rebounding, second-chance points and points in the paint," Nuggets assistant coach Adrian Dantley said. "We talked about it before the game and that's what happened. They got points in the paint. They out-hustled us."

The 17 offensive rebounds weren't anything to scoff at, but the telling number was Boston's 23 second-chance points, which, along with its inside scoring, powered an offense that scored 119 points per 100 possessions -- a mark that would lead the league.

But Denver is second in that category, and despite its defensive shortcoming, its offense wasn't finished. With Johan Petro proving a poor option, the Nuggets went small, playing Carmelo Anthony at power forward, and started making a run in the last five minutes of the third. Not a "basketball is a game of runs" type of run, but a "Boston is really letting us back in this, so let's go" sort of comeback. By the end of the period, the deficit was down to seven.

Boston answered with a small lineup of its own, playing Rajon Rondo and Nate Robinson in the backcourt. Rondo began the fourth with two assists, a steal and a layup. In less than 90 seconds, the lead was back to 12. Denver didn't get closer than nine the rest of the night.

"We were really stubborn," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "[We] didn't want to go small, we really didn't. But we really had no choice. Fortunately, our last practice, we actually worked on small offense."

Boston's win stood in stark contrast to its loss in Denver on Feb. 21, when the Nuggets mounted a third-quarter offensive that never stopped. In that game, a banged up Paul Pierce shot 2-of-10 for five points. Wednesday, one game after Pierce and Garnett each reached 20 points for the first time since Dec. 4, the pair accomplished the feat once again, with each scoring over 20 in back-to-back games for the first time all season.

"[This is a] completely different team," Rivers said. "Not only for [Pierce]. Defensively, overall, we were just so much better, we were so much more active."

"The Paul Pierce that you saw out in Denver wasn't the Paul Pierce that usually shows up to play," Pierce said. "I've battled through a lot of injuries this year and right now I'm as healthy as I've been."

The minor revelation -- relatively speaking, however -- was Tony Allen, who scored in double-digits (13) for the first time since Feb. 10. Allen, who had been playing five minutes a night in the past seven contests, earned significant playing time in the second and third quarters and made the most of his 19 minutes in shooting 5-of-6 while providing a quick option for Rondo on the break.

Not that he's been complaining about playing time.

"I just look at it like they got a quiet assassin and whenever you all want to unleash him, he's going to be ready," Allen said. "Ain't no frustration over here."

Nor is there frustration with the rest of the team. Keeping with the status quo of the past several months, Rivers again mentioned how they aren't a 48-minute, "every possession" team yet. But when he said it this time, it was a little more forced, as if to imply that, at least, the Celtics are getting closer. With wins in five of their last six and over two Western Conference playoff teams, there's little reason to think they aren't.

Nuggets
Celtics
     
    • 48.6%

    • 48.9%

    • 46.2%

    • 22.2%

    • 67.6%

    • 80.8%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
DEN BOS
Total Rebounds 11 7
Offensive Rebounds 8 17
Turnovers 17 11
Fast Break Pts: 16 19
Biggest Lead: 1 21
Points in the Paint: 28 58
DEN BOS
p Anthony   32 Pierce   27
rb 2 players   7 Rondo   11
a Billups   6 Rondo   15
s Smith   2 Rondo   4
b Nene   3 Perkins   2
 
  • 02/21 - BOS 105 @ DEN 114
  • 03/24 - DEN 99 @ BOS 113
Denver Nuggets (47-25)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C. Anthony F 41:06 9-23 1-3 13-16 -13 2 3 5 5 4 1 2 1 2 32
N. Nene C 26:02 3-7 0-0 1-5 -16 1 4 5 3 4 0 1 3 1 7
J. Petro C 17:52 1-2 0-0 0-0 -7 1 4 5 0 2 1 2 1 0 2
A. Afflalo G 26:36 5-8 2-4 1-2 -9 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 13
C. Billups G 34:10 3-9 1-2 5-5 -22 2 5 7 6 3 0 3 0 1 12
C. Andersen   23:46 0-1 0-0 1-2 -6 1 6 7 1 0 0 2 1 0 1
J. Smith   30:36 8-14 1-3 4-7 -3 0 2 2 3 3 2 1 0 0 21
M. Allen   09:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 -1 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2
A. Carter   12:55 1-1 0-0 0-0 +6 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 2
J. Graham   09:40 2-3 1-1 0-0 -1 1 1 2 0 2 1 2 0 0 5
T. Lawson   08:16 1-1 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2
R. Balkman DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 34-70 6-13 25-37   8 28 36 21 23 5 17 6 5 99
  48.6% 46.2% 67.6%   team rebs: 11 total to: 17
Boston Celtics (46-25)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
P. Pierce F 32:44 10-16 0-3 7-7 +11 1 6 7 2 5 2 1 1 0 27
K. Garnett F 32:56 8-20 0-0 4-5 +17 4 6 10 5 3 1 0 0 0 20
K. Perkins C 22:32 3-7 0-0 1-1 +14 2 3 5 1 2 0 1 2 2 7
R. Allen G 35:08 6-13 1-5 3-3 +9 0 2 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 16
R. Rondo G 36:17 4-9 0-0 3-6 +18 6 5 11 15 4 4 4 0 2 11
R. Wallace   14:50 1-4 0-2 0-0 -1 0 3 3 1 4 1 1 1 0 2
M. Daniels   06:01 0-1 0-1 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
G. Davis   12:26 1-2 0-0 0-0 -6 2 1 3 0 4 0 2 0 0 2
N. Robinson   16:22 3-7 2-5 0-0 -2 0 2 2 2 3 0 1 0 0 8
M. Finley   09:58 3-4 1-2 0-0 +1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7
T. Allen   19:49 5-6 0-0 3-4 +12 2 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 1 13
S. Williams   00:54 0-1 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   240 44-90 4-18 21-26   17 28 45 30 34 9 11 5 6 113
  48.9% 22.2% 80.8%   team rebs: 7 total to: 11

inactive

  • Nuggets: Martin
  • Celtics: Landry, Scalabrine

technical fouls

  • Nuggets: Smith
  • Celtics: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 4
  • Times Tied: 6

arena stats

  • Arena: TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • Officials: #27 Dick Bavetta, #34 Marc Davis, #63 Derek Richardson
  • Attendance: 18624
  • Duration: 2:33
Denver Nuggets (47-25) Boston Celtics (46-25)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Perkins vs Petro (Rondo gains possession)
  11:45
[BOS 2-0]
Garnett Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Perkins (1 AST) 
  11:25 Allen Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Nene Layup Shot: Missed  11:14  
  11:11 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:07
[BOS 4-0]
Pierce Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rondo (1 AST) 
Nene Driving Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Anthony (1 AST)  10:53
[DEN 2-4]
 
  10:31
[BOS 6-2]
Perkins Slam Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Garnett (1 AST) 
Billups Layup Shot: Missed  10:09  
  10:08 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:00 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:59  
  09:55 Perkins Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Afflalo Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  09:55  
Team Rebound  09:55  
Afflalo Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS)  09:55
[DEN 3-6]
 
  09:41 Pierce 3pt Shot: Missed 
Petro Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:40  
Billups Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:31
[DEN 5-6]
 
  09:12
[BOS 8-5]
Rondo Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:58
[DEN 7-8]
 
  08:49
[BOS 10-7]
Garnett Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rondo (2 AST) 
Petro Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Nene (1 AST)  08:38
[DEN 9-10]
 
  08:24 Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Petro (1 ST) 
  08:23 Rondo Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Nene Jump Shot: Missed Block: Perkins (1 BLK)  08:14  
Team Rebound  08:14  
Nene Jump Shot: Missed  08:08  
  08:07 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:59 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
  07:57 Rondo Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Billups Foul : Personal (1 PF)  07:56  
  07:53 Perkins Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Missed  07:38  
  07:37 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Nene Foul : Personal (1 PF)  07:18  
  07:04 Garnett Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Anthony Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:03  
Anthony Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Pierce (1 ST)  06:53  
  06:48 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
Anthony Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:46  
Billups Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Anthony (2 AST)  06:41
[DEN 11-10]
 
  06:19
[BOS 12-11]
Pierce Step Back Jump shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed  05:54  
  05:53 Rondo Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  05:48
[BOS 14-11]
Pierce Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rondo (3 AST) 
Petro Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  05:28  
  05:28 Team Timeout : Regular 
Petro Foul : Personal (1 PF)  05:11  
Petro Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  05:06  
  05:06
[BOS 15-11]
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  05:06
[BOS 16-11]
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Afflalo Jump Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Billups (1 AST)  04:51
[DEN 13-16]
 
  04:42 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed Block: Nene (1 BLK) 
Petro Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  04:40  
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Nene (2 AST)  04:28
[DEN 16-16]
 
  04:13
[BOS 18-16]
Rondo Running Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Allen (1 AST) 
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Billups (2 AST)  04:01
[DEN 18-18]
 
  03:47
[BOS 20-18]
Allen Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Garnett (2 AST) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  03:33  
Petro Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  03:32  
Petro Hook Shot: Missed  03:28  
  03:27 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  03:19 Pierce 3pt Shot: Missed 
Petro Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  03:18  
  03:14 Pierce Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Petro Substitution replaced by Andersen  03:14  
  03:14 Perkins Substitution replaced by Wallace 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  03:14
[DEN 19-20]
 
  03:14 Allen Substitution replaced by Daniels 
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  03:14
[DEN 20-20]
 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:56  
  02:52
[BOS 22-20]
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Pierce (1 AST) 
  02:33 Daniels Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Smith  02:33  
  02:33 Garnett Substitution replaced by Davis 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  02:33
[DEN 21-22]
 
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  02:33
[DEN 22-22]
 
  02:22
[BOS 24-22]
Pierce Step Back Jump shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  02:02  
  02:02 Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:54 Daniels 3pt Shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:53  
  01:52 Rondo Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Nene Substitution replaced by Allen  01:52  
Billups Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  01:52
[DEN 23-24]
 
  01:52 Rondo Substitution replaced by Robinson 
Billups Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  01:52
[DEN 24-24]
 
  01:34
[BOS 26-24]
Wallace Alley Oop Layup shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Pierce (2 AST) 
Billups Jump Shot: Missed Block: Wallace (1 BLK)  01:21  
  01:19 Davis Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Smith Foul : Personal (1 PF)  01:11  
  01:11
[BOS 27-24]
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
Billups Substitution replaced by Carter  01:11  
  01:11
[BOS 28-24]
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS)  00:53.9
[DEN 26-28]
 
  00:53.9 Davis Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 1 (11 PTS)  00:53.9
[DEN 27-28]
 
  00:37.9
[BOS 30-27]
Pierce Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  00:12.9  
  00:12.3 Robinson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:04.0 Davis Foul : Offensive (2 PF) 
  00:04.0 Davis Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.9  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 1st Quarter
Denver Nuggets (47-25) Boston Celtics (46-25)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
Smith Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  11:37
[DEN 29-30]
 
  11:10 Wallace Jump Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:09  
Andersen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  10:59  
  10:44
[BOS 33-29]
Finley 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Wallace (1 AST) 
Carter Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:23
[DEN 31-33]
 
  10:04 Wallace 3pt Shot: Missed 
Graham Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:03  
  09:53 Daniels Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Graham Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Allen (1 AST)  09:42
[DEN 33-33]
 
  09:21 Finley 3pt Shot: Missed 
Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:20  
  09:13 Daniels Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  09:13 Daniels Substitution replaced by Allen 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  09:13  
Team Rebound  09:13  
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  09:13
[DEN 34-33]
 
  09:02 Robinson Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:01 Davis Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  08:46
[BOS 35-34]
Allen Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Finley (1 AST) 
Graham Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Wallace (1 ST)  08:29  
Allen Foul : Personal (1 PF)  08:20  
  08:20 Timeout : Official 
  08:13 Wallace 3pt Shot: Missed 
  08:12 Davis Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
Carter Foul : Personal (1 PF)  08:10  
  08:00
[BOS 37-34]
Finley Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Robinson (1 AST) 
  07:42 Robinson Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
  07:34 Allen Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Graham Jump Shot: Missed  07:29  
  07:28 Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  07:10 Davis Jump Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  07:09  
  07:02 Wallace Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Graham Substitution replaced by Anthony  07:02  
  07:02 Finley Substitution replaced by Allen 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  07:02  
Team Rebound  07:02  
Allen Substitution replaced by Nene  07:02  
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  07:02  
  07:02 Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  06:46
[BOS 39-34]
Davis Reverse Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Allen (2 AST) 
Smith Running Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Carter (1 AST)  06:33
[DEN 36-39]
 
  06:24
[BOS 42-36]
Robinson 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
Smith Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS)  06:14
[DEN 38-42]
 
  06:02
[BOS 44-38]
Robinson Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Nene Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST)  05:47
[DEN 40-44]
 
Nene Foul : Personal (2 PF)  05:33  
  05:33 Team Timeout : Regular 
Carter Substitution replaced by Billups  05:33  
  05:33 Davis Substitution replaced by Perkins 
  05:33 Robinson Substitution replaced by Pierce 
  05:33 Allen Substitution replaced by Garnett 
  05:33 Wallace Substitution replaced by Rondo 
  05:23
[BOS 46-40]
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Rondo (4 AST) 
Billups Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  05:23  
  05:23
[BOS 47-40]
Garnett Free Throw 1 of 1 (9 PTS) 
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed Block: Pierce (1 BLK)  05:06  
  05:04 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  04:57
[BOS 49-40]
Pierce Driving Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Allen (3 AST) 
Smith Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Nene (3 AST)  04:31
[DEN 42-49]
 
  04:31 Pierce Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 1 (10 PTS)  04:31
[DEN 43-49]
 
  04:17 Perkins Jump Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  04:16  
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed  04:05  
Anthony Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  04:05  
  04:05 Pierce Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  04:05 Pierce Substitution replaced by Allen 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  04:05  
Team Rebound  04:05  
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  04:05
[DEN 44-49]
 
  03:55
[BOS 51-44]
Allen Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rondo (5 AST) 
  03:31 Garnett Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Nene Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  03:31  
Team Rebound  03:31  
Andersen Substitution replaced by Afflalo  03:31  
Nene Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  03:31  
  03:31 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:20 Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Anthony (1 ST) 
Anthony Turnover : Traveling (2 TO)  03:14  
  02:57
[BOS 53-44]
Allen Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Garnett (3 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:44  
Smith Substitution replaced by Petro  02:44  
Jump Ball Allen vs Billups  02:44  
Billups Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  02:36  
  02:24 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:23 Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  02:21 Garnett Layup Shot: Missed 
  02:19 Garnett Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  02:18 Garnett Layup Shot: Missed 
  02:17 Rondo Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
Anthony Foul : Personal (1 PF)  02:16  
  02:16
[BOS 54-44]
Rondo Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  02:16 Rondo Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  02:15 Garnett Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 
  02:11 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:10 Team Rebound 
Nene Foul : Loose Ball (3 PF)  02:10  
  02:10
[BOS 55-44]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Nene Substitution replaced by Allen  02:10  
  02:10
[BOS 56-44]
Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Allen Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Billups (3 AST)  01:49
[DEN 46-56]
 
Allen Foul : Personal (2 PF)  01:43  
  01:43 Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:43 Team Rebound 
  01:43
[BOS 57-46]
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Billups Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Rondo (1 ST)  01:27  
  01:23
[BOS 59-46]
Allen Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Rondo (6 AST) 
  01:01 Allen Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS)  01:01
[DEN 47-59]
 
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS)  01:01
[DEN 48-59]
 
  00:44.9 Perkins Turnaround Fade Away shot: Missed 
Afflalo Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:42.5  
Billups 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS)  00:37.2
[DEN 51-59]
 
  00:28.8 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
Petro Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  00:28.3  
Afflalo Layup Shot: Missed Block: Perkins (2 BLK)  00:07.8  
  00:05.6 Garnett Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  00:00.1
[BOS 61-51]
Allen Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Rondo (7 AST) 
End of 2nd Quarter
Denver Nuggets (47-25) Boston Celtics (46-25)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS)  11:42
[DEN 53-61]
 
  11:16
[BOS 63-53]
Allen Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rondo (8 AST) 
Nene Jump Shot: Missed  11:04  
  11:02 Garnett Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
  10:51 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  10:50  
Petro Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Garnett (1 ST)  10:38  
  10:32
[BOS 65-53]
Perkins Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rondo (9 AST) 
Nene Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  10:32  
Nene Substitution replaced by Andersen  10:32  
  10:32
[BOS 66-53]
Perkins Free Throw 1 of 1 (5 PTS) 
Andersen Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Rondo (2 ST)  10:31  
  10:26 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
Anthony Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  10:25  
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Anthony (3 AST)  10:16
[DEN 56-66]
 
  10:01
[BOS 68-56]
Pierce Step Back Jump shot: Made (18 PTS) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  09:42  
  09:41 Garnett Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
  09:35 Garnett Layup Shot: Missed 
  09:33 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  09:32
[BOS 70-56]
Perkins Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:24  
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed  09:18  
  09:17 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  09:09 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  09:08  
  09:00 Garnett Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  09:00  
Team Rebound  09:00  
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  09:00  
  08:59 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  08:36 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  08:34  
Afflalo Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  08:18  
  08:04 Perkins Layup Shot: Missed Block: Petro (1 BLK) 
  08:02 Rondo Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  07:58
[BOS 72-56]
Allen Jump Bank Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Garnett (4 AST) 
Billups Jump Shot: Missed  07:43  
  07:41 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  07:37 Pierce 3pt Shot: Missed 
  07:35 Garnett Rebound (Off:4 Def:4) 
  07:12
[BOS 74-56]
Garnett Turnaround Fade Away shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed Block: Allen (1 BLK)  06:56  
Anthony Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  06:54  
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed  06:52  
  06:51 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
Afflalo Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  06:47  
  06:47
[BOS 75-56]
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (19 PTS) 
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Smith  06:47  
  06:47
[BOS 76-56]
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (20 PTS) 
Andersen Jump Shot: Missed  06:34  
Billups Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:33  
  06:32 Rondo Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Billups Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS)  06:32
[DEN 57-76]
 
Petro Substitution replaced by Afflalo  06:32  
Billups Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS)  06:32
[DEN 58-76]
 
  06:17
[BOS 78-58]
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Rondo (10 AST) 
Billups Layup Shot: Missed  06:03  
Billups Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  06:02  
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Missed  05:58  
  05:57 Rondo Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
Smith Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  05:52  
  05:52 Rondo Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  05:52 Team Rebound 
  05:52
[BOS 79-58]
Rondo Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Smith Floating Jump shot: Made (12 PTS)  05:35
[DEN 60-79]
 
  05:05 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
  05:03 Perkins Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  05:00 Perkins Layup Shot: Missed Block: Andersen (1 BLK) 
  04:58 Pierce Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  04:56
[BOS 81-60]
Pierce Jump Shot: Made (22 PTS) 
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS)  04:39
[DEN 62-81]
 
  04:39 Perkins Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 1 (19 PTS)  04:39
[DEN 63-81]
 
  04:24 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  04:23  
Afflalo Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Billups (4 AST)  04:16
[DEN 65-81]
 
  03:53
[BOS 83-65]
Garnett Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Rondo (11 AST) 
  03:47 Perkins Substitution replaced by Davis 
  03:46 Rondo Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
Billups Substitution replaced by Carter  03:46  
Anthony 3pt Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Smith (2 AST)  03:40
[DEN 68-83]
 
  03:25 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed Block: Anthony (1 BLK) 
  03:24 Team Rebound 
  03:24 Rondo Substitution replaced by Robinson 
  03:17 Allen Jump Shot: Missed 
Carter Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:16  
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  03:04  
Team Rebound  03:03  
  03:03 Robinson Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF) 
Andersen Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  03:03  
Team Rebound  03:03  
Andersen Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS)  03:03
[DEN 69-83]
 
  02:50
[BOS 85-69]
Allen Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Garnett (5 AST) 
  02:35 Garnett Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  02:35 Team Timeout : Regular 
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Lawson  02:35  
  02:35 Garnett Substitution replaced by Wallace 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (23 PTS)  02:35
[DEN 70-85]
 
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (24 PTS)  02:35
[DEN 71-85]
 
  02:17 Robinson Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Smith (1 ST) 
Smith Dunk Shot: Made (14 PTS)  02:13
[DEN 73-85]
 
  01:52 Allen Jump Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  01:50  
Anthony Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (26 PTS)  01:33
[DEN 75-85]
 
  01:15 Davis Foul : Offensive (3 PF) 
  01:15 Davis Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
  01:15 Davis Substitution replaced by Allen 
  01:15 Pierce Substitution replaced by Finley 
Anthony 3pt Shot: Missed  01:03  
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  01:02  
  00:58.1 Wallace Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (27 PTS)  00:58.1
[DEN 76-85]
 
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (28 PTS)  00:58.1
[DEN 77-85]
 
  00:38.3
[BOS 87-77]
Finley Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Robinson (2 AST) 
Smith Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  00:28.4  
  00:04.9 Robinson 3pt Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  00:02.9  
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Andersen (1 AST)  00:00.0
[DEN 80-87]
 
  00:00.0 Instant Replay - Support Ruling 
End of 3rd Quarter
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  11:43
[BOS 90-80]
Robinson 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Rondo (12 AST) 
Lawson Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Rondo (3 ST)  11:30  
  11:26
[BOS 92-80]
Allen Reverse Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Rondo (13 AST) 
  11:22 Robinson Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
  11:09 Allen Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (30 PTS) Assist: Carter (2 AST)  11:03
[DEN 82-92]
 
  10:46 Robinson 3pt Shot: Missed 
  10:45 Rondo Rebound (Off:4 Def:3) 
  10:44
[BOS 94-82]
Rondo Reverse Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
  10:29 Allen Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
Carter Substitution replaced by Billups  10:29  
Andersen Substitution replaced by Nene  10:29  
  10:22 Allen Foul : Personal (5 PF) 
Lawson Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Anthony (4 AST)  10:12
[DEN 84-94]
 
  10:00 Wallace Foul : Offensive (3 PF) 
  10:00 Wallace Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  09:46  
  09:43 Robinson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  09:38 Robinson 3pt Shot: Missed 
  09:35 Allen Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  09:33 Allen Layup Shot: Missed Block: Nene (2 BLK) 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:30  
  09:26 Wallace Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Nene Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  09:26  
Team Rebound  09:26  
  09:26 Wallace Substitution replaced by Garnett 
  09:26 Allen Substitution replaced by Pierce 
Nene Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS)  09:26
[DEN 85-94]
 
  09:15
[BOS 96-85]
Rondo Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Billups Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Rondo (4 ST)  08:55  
  08:47
[BOS 98-85]
Pierce Driving Layup Shot: Made (24 PTS) 
Smith Jump Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Billups (5 AST)  08:30
[DEN 87-98]
 
  08:15 Rondo Turnover : Traveling (3 TO) 
Timeout : Official  08:15  
Anthony Substitution replaced by Graham  08:15  
  08:15 Finley Substitution replaced by Allen 
  08:15 Robinson Substitution replaced by Allen 
Smith Layup Shot: Missed  08:03  
  08:03 Team Rebound 
  07:46 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  07:45  
Nene Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Allen (1 ST)  07:31  
Smith Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  07:24  
Smith Technical  07:24  
  07:24
[BOS 99-87]
Allen Free Throw Technical (11 PTS) 
  07:24
[BOS 100-87]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
  07:24
[BOS 101-87]
Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
Lawson Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Pierce (2 ST)  07:16  
  07:13 Pierce Foul : Offensive (4 PF) 
  07:13 Pierce Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Lawson Substitution replaced by Anthony  07:13  
Smith Layup Shot: Missed  07:01  
Graham Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:59  
Graham Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  06:58  
Graham Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  06:58  
  06:46
[BOS 103-87]
Pierce Driving Layup Shot: Made (26 PTS) 
Graham Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  06:46  
  06:46
[BOS 104-87]
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 1 (27 PTS) 
Anthony 3pt Shot: Missed  06:32  
  06:31 Rondo Rebound (Off:4 Def:4) 
  06:25 Allen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Graham (1 ST) 
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed  06:19  
  06:18 Garnett Rebound (Off:4 Def:5) 
Anthony Foul : Personal (2 PF)  06:02  
  05:51 Garnett Layup Shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  05:50  
Billups Turnaround Fade Away shot: Missed  05:37  
  05:36 Pierce Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  05:27 Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Smith (2 ST) 
Billups 3pt Shot: Missed  05:18  
  05:17 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:59 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  04:57  
Graham 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Smith (3 AST)  04:43
[DEN 90-104]
 
  04:29 Allen Layup Shot: Missed Block: Nene (3 BLK) 
  04:28 Team Rebound 
  04:28 Team Timeout : Regular 
Graham Substitution replaced by Afflalo  04:28  
  04:19 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
  04:18 Rondo Rebound (Off:5 Def:4) 
Afflalo Foul : Personal (2 PF)  04:05  
Anthony Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  03:52  
  03:52
[BOS 105-90]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS) 
  03:52 Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  03:52  
  03:41 Garnett Foul : Defense 3 Second (3 PF) 
Billups Free Throw Technical (12 PTS)  03:41
[DEN 91-105]
 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  03:29  
Nene Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  03:28  
Nene Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  03:27
[DEN 93-105]
 
  03:27 Pierce Foul : Shooting (5 PF) 
Nene Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  03:27  
  03:27 Rondo Rebound (Off:5 Def:5) 
  03:09 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
  03:08 Rondo Rebound (Off:6 Def:5) 
  03:05
[BOS 107-93]
Garnett Reverse Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Rondo (14 AST) 
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Made (32 PTS) Assist: Billups (6 AST)  02:48
[DEN 95-107]
 
Anthony Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  02:32  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:32  
  02:32
[BOS 108-95]
Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 (19 PTS) 
  02:32
[BOS 109-95]
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (20 PTS) 
Afflalo Jump Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Anthony (5 AST)  02:12
[DEN 97-109]
 
  01:47 Garnett Turnaround Fade Away shot: Missed 
  01:46 Allen Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  01:25
[BOS 112-97]
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Rondo (15 AST) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  01:15  
  01:14 Garnett Rebound (Off:4 Def:6) 
Billups Foul : Personal (3 PF)  00:54.5  
Anthony Substitution replaced by Graham  00:54.5  
Billups Substitution replaced by Lawson  00:54.5  
  00:54.5 Garnett Substitution replaced by Davis 
Nene Substitution replaced by Petro  00:54.5  
  00:54.5 Pierce Substitution replaced by Williams 
  00:54.5 Allen Substitution replaced by Robinson 
  00:54.5 Rondo Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:54.5 Team Rebound 
  00:54.5
[BOS 113-97]
Rondo Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS) 
Lawson Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO)  00:51.2  
  00:30.9 Williams Jump Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:29.8  
  00:22.2 Davis Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 (20 PTS)  00:22.2
[DEN 98-113]
 
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 (21 PTS)  00:22.2
[DEN 99-113]
 
End of 4th Quarter
broadcast information
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
DEN
1st Northwest
52
27
5-5
33-6
19-21
BOS
1st Atlantic
49
30
4-6
24-16
25-14
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
DEN
Anthony 28.4
Martin 9.6
Billups 5.7
Andersen 1.9
Nene 1.5
BOS
Pierce 18.0
Perkins 7.6
Rondo 9.8
Perkins 1.7
Rondo 2.4

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