I’ll admit. I was nervous. Having the #2-seed in the Eastern Conference coming to play this older Celtics squad made me a bit queasy. Then I remembered that the game was at the Garden and it was a nationally-televised game, also known as Rajon Rondo’s time to shine. The C’s point guard puts up ridiculous numbers in nationally-televised Celtics games at the Garden, and yesterday was no different. Rondo put up another efficient stat line en route to his league-leading 10th triple double since the start of the 2009-10 NBA season. On top of that, it is his 5th triple-double just this season! He put up 16 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists as the Celtics beat the Heat handily, 91-72.
The Heat were completely shutdown on all fronts as the C’s held them to their lowest point total of the season. LeBron (23), D-Wade (15) and Shane Battier (11) were the only Heat players to score in double figures while the entire starting lineup ended up scoring in double figures. LeBron had zero assists for only the second time in his entire NBA career. Miami looked completely out of sorts as the playoffs near and the pressure continues to mount on their shoulders to win an NBA championship this season.
Also contributing nicely for the Celtics were Paul Pierce (23 points, 7 rebounds), Brandon Bass (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Avery Bradley (13 points and one ferocious block on Dwyane Wade!). The win for Boston brought them to 30-22 on the season as they remain atop the Atlantic Division ahead of the 76ers. The Celtics’ next game is on Wednesday at 7:30pm as they host the San Antonio Spurs at the Garden.