Boston 115, Phoenix 103

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 7:30 PM
Location - TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Officials - #62 Brian Forte, #42 Eric Lewis, #49 Tom Washington
Attendance - 18624

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Phoenix 21 21 30 31 103
Boston 32 30 29 24 115

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Phoenix 31-28 17-13 14-15 L1
Boston 44-15 26-5 18-10 W3

Recap


Kevin Garnett scored 18 of his season-high 28 points in the first half as the new-look Boston Celtics jumped all over the Phoenix Suns early and held on for a 115-103 victory Wednesday night at TD Garden.

Garnett shot 12 of 14 from the floor and added 11 rebounds and Rajon Rondo finished with 16 points and 15 assists as Boston avenged an earlier 88-71 loss to Phoenix.

Ray Allen added 19 points and four 3-pointers for Boston, whose fans got their first glimpse of Nenad Krstic, Jeff Green and Troy Murphy. The trio combined for 20 games – 13 by Krstic – as the Celtics improved to 2-1 since the trade of beloved Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City.

Aaron Brooks and Jared Dudley combined for 32 points off the bench as the Suns had their four-game winning streak snapped. Channing Frye, who beat New Jersey and Indiana in overtime with game-winning 3-pointers in the Suns’ last two games, finished with four points on 1-of-4 shooting.

The Suns dropped to 3-1 during this six-game road trip which concludes at Milwaukee and Oklahoma City.

Garnett and Rondo came out on fire in the opening 12 minutes. Garnett made all five shots from the field and scored 12 points, and Rondo was 3-of-3 with five assists as Boston shot 15 of 25 for a 32-21 lead.

A 10-1 closing run in the second quarter, including a 3-pointer by Allen and a buzzer-beating drive by Rondo, provided Boston a 62-42 halftime lead. Boston pushed the edge to 29 in the third and withstood a furious rally, as Phoenix pulled within eight with seven minutes to play before Boston closed it out.

Top Game Performances

Phoenix   Boston
Aaron Brooks 17 Scoring Kevin Garnett 28
Aaron Brooks 7 Assists Rajon Rondo 15
Marcin Gortat 13 Rebounds Paul Pierce 13
Jared Dudley 5 Free Throws Made Nenad Krstic 5
Aaron Brooks 2 Steals Rajon Rondo 3
Marcin Gortat 3 Blocks Kevin Garnett 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Phoenix 103 42.9 12-23 25-33 20 33 7 7 12
Boston 115 53.7 4-12 23-34 24 45 3 7 13

Upcoming Games

  • Boston will play their next game at home against Golden State. The Celtics have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .733 after a loss.
  • Phoenix will play their next game on the road against Milwaukee . The Suns have a W/L % of .516 after a win and .536 after a loss.
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