Boston Celtics Basketball - Where The Unexpected Happens

Posted by B-PAUL on January 6, 2010 at 10:55 PM


Boston Celtics 112 Miami Heat 106

American Airlines Arena

Miami, Fl

Somewhere in Miami, Kevin Garnett caused total destruction tonight. Somewhere in Boston, Eddie House just got healthy a lot quicker. Tonight the Boston Celtics did the unexpected to steal a game from the Miami Heat by the score of 112-106. The Celtics move to 25-8 on the season and stay on top of the Eastern Conference.


The Celtics did not make things easy on themselves tonight, overall as a team they had 24 turnovers on the night. It showed very early in the game that the Celtics were not as crisp as they have been in the past, a lot of this having to do with both Rajon Rajon and Paul Pierce missing a great deal of time.


The turnovers allowed the Heat to stay in the game, but ultimately did not effect the outcome of the game. With the game tied at 99-99, with less than five seconds remaining, Dwyane Wade stole the ball from Ray Allen and flushed the ball home with .6 seconds remaining on the clock. Announcers, fans, and even the players thought that this game was all but over.  This was the call from the announcer on Fox Sports Florida: "Wade with the steal, Wade goes up for the winner, Wade does it again".



Apparently Wade didn't do it again because Rajon Rondo took an oop from Paul Pierce with .6 seconds left and finished to send the game into overtime. Two layups by Rajon Rondo, along with one from Ray Allen, sealed the Celtics win in overtime.


All five Celtics starters scored in double figures with a previously injured Rajon Rondo leading the way with 25 points and eight assist. If he didn't solidify that he's an all-star tonight, I don't know if he will ever be able to. Ray Allen chipped in with 22 points on the night and hit clutch basket, after clutch basket down the stretch.


Food poisioning apparently did not affect Kendrick Perkins tonight as he put up a solid double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. He took advantage of the smaller Jermaine O'Neal and took it at him whenever he got the chance. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 44 points, this was the first time a player scored 40+ points against the Celtics since Kobe Bryant in 2007.


This was one of those games that the Celtics could have easily rolled over and let their opponent grab the victory. Instead the Celtics pulled together as a team, trusted their teammates, and came out with a very exciting win. The guys now head to Atlanta where they will look to take on another very strong eastern conference team in the Atlanta Hawks. Hopefully the Celtics will carry some momentum from this game into Atlanta and push their winning streak to three.


For more recaps of tonight's game check out the following sites:

Hardwood Houdini

North Station Sports

Red's Army

Celtics Life


Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images

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Reply Matt Rury
11:42 PM on January 6, 2010 
As Wade stole that ball I started running scenarios through my head and was planning on coming on here and posting a retraction to my power rankings, bringing Miami to #10. Instead, Doc drew up a masterful play and it was executed perfectly. I had a weird feeling all game that the Celtics were going to come back and win this one. Glad they did.
Reply kwapt
12:43 AM on January 7, 2010 
What a game. Sure, DWade picked Ray's pocket, but oh F'ing well-how many times (including tonight) does Ray hit clutch and/or game-winning shots for us...? And it's not like Mario Chalmers took his money-it was one of the best players in the world. And 'Sheed was at the boiling point way before his 6th foul. At one point, Pierce (while on the free-throw line) and Rondo had to keep telling him to knock it off. He was very fortunate not to get T'ed up once or twice with Crawford out there. Rondo hit that amazing shot, played 50 minutes (with a sore hammy) but no-one is mentioning the 10 or 15 times he hit the floor very hard tonight-that kid is one tough prick! Bravo my man, bra-F***ING-vo.
Reply B-PAUL
1:43 AM on January 7, 2010 
Like I said if he didn't solidify to others tonight that he's an all-star I don't know what it will take. These haters need to wake up and realize that it is no longer the Big Three making Rondo who he is. At this point in time I would be willing to say Rondo is making the Big Three. I think he's quickly become the most important piece to the puzzle. Thank god we have him for five more years right?
Reply Matt Rury
9:36 AM on January 7, 2010 
I completely agree....BUT I do wish he'd quit flailing around on fouls and stop laying on the ground for two or three times as long as he has to after being hit, regardless how hard (or soft) it is.