Boston 100, Minnesota 79

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, March 30, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Officials - #70 Brent Barnaky, #36 David Jones, #23 Jason Phillips
Attendance - 19356

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Boston 31 25 23 21 100
Minnesota 20 25 22 12 79

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Boston 29-22 18-8 11-14 W4
Minnesota 25-28 13-13 12-15 L1

Recap


CELTICS 100, TIMBERWOLVES 79: Kevin Garnett put up 24 points and 10 rebounds on his old home turf as visiting Boston pulled into first place in the Atlantic Division with its fourth straight win. Minnesota has lost nine of its last 13 games.

Paul Pierce recorded 21 points and nine rebounds and Rajon Rondo handed out 17 assists for the Celtics, who moved one game ahead of the slumping 76ers in the Atlantic, pushing them up to fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Boston jumped out to a 17-6 lead and never trailed again, stretching the margin to 62-47 early in the third quarter as Rondo handed out three assists and converted a layup during an 8-2 burst.

Minnesota would close to within 88-78 on Kevin Love’s three-point play with 5:26 left in the game. But Garnett hit back-to-back jumpers to spark a 12-1 run to the finish.

Love finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds but struggled to 5-for-18 shooting and committed three of the Timberwolves’ 20 turnovers.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Rondo has recorded double figures in assists in 12 straight games … Minnesota was again without PG J.J. Barea (thigh), F Michael Beasley (toe) and C Nikola Pekovic (ankle) … The Celtics - last in the NBA in rebounding - battled the Timberwolves - third in the league - to a 45-45 draw on the glass.

Top Game Performances

Boston   Minnesota
Kevin Garnett 24 Scoring Kevin Love 22
Rajon Rondo 17 Assists Luke Ridnour 8
Kevin Garnett 10 Rebounds Kevin Love 11
Avery Bradley 5 Free Throws Made Kevin Love 10
Avery Bradley 3 Steals Martell Webster 2
Greg Stiemsma 2 Blocks Martell Webster 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Boston 100 48.9 4-12 8-11 29 45 3 9 9
Minnesota 79 34.7 6-24 21-25 15 45 1 5 21

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Portland. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .423 after a win and .519 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game at home against Miami. The Celtics have a W/L % of .655 after a win and .455 after a loss.
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