Game Recap: Kings vs. Celtics

Starting Line-ups

Kings

Reserves:  Jermaine Taylor, Donté Greene, Samuel Dalembert, Carl Landry, Omri Casspi, Darnell Jackson, Luther Head.

Inactive:  Tyreke Evans.

Celtics

  • Rajon Rondo
  • Ray Allen
  • Paul Pierce
  • Glen Davis
  • Shaquille O’Neal

Reserves:  Avery Bradley, Nate Robinson, Marquis Daniels, Luke Harangody,  Semih Erden, Von Wafer.

Inactive:  Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins, Delonte West.

First Quarter Recap

The Kings got off to a rocky start in Boston.  Coach Westphal started two rookies, DeMarcus Cousins and Pooh Jeter, in their first opportunity to play against one of the most storied franchises in NBA history.  After shaking off the nerves, the Kings rallied, using the strong rebounding and defense of Jason Thompson, as well as the sharp shooting of Beno Udrih and Francisco Garcia to keep the game close.  Paul Pierce came out hot, dropping 15 points (6-8 shooting) and four rebounds in the first.  Shotty defensive rebounding by the Kings gave the Celtics plenty of extra chances, helping them take a six point lead into the second.

Kings  22  Celtics  28

Leaders

Kings-   Udrih (9) Points;   Thompson (5) Rebounds;   Udrih (3) Assists.

Celtics-   Pierce (15) Points;   Pierce (4) Rebounds;   Rondo (5) Assists.

Second Quarter Recap

The Kings hung tough early in the second quarter, but continued their first quarter trend of providing second chance opportunities to the Celtics.  The Celtics went young, giving Semih Erden and Luke Harangody some extended play.  The duo played well enough to help the Celtics extend their lead to 10 at the 7:13 mark.  The Kings clawed their way back into the game, using the impressive play of Carl Landry off the bench (11 points) to cut the lead down to two on multiple occasions.  Beno Udrih paced the Kings with 14, while the Celtics got a big 19 out of Paul Pierce.  After an amazing circus shot to end the half by Rajon Rondo, the Celtics headed to the locker room with an eight point lead.

Kings  49  Celtics  57

Leaders

Kings-   Udrih (14) Points;   Thompson (7) Rebounds;   Udrih (4) Assists.

Celtics-   Pierce (19) Points;   3 tied (4) Rebounds;   Rondo (7) Assists.

Team                  Kings         Celtics
FG%                    48.5%          46.9%
Rebounds         22                 21
Assists/TO       9/9               14/6

Third Quarter Recap

The Kings started off the second half in a daze and quickly found themselves down 15 at the 9:30 mark after an uncontested Ray Allen three pointer.  The worst part of watching Paul Pierce go off on the Kings, was having to hear him yell “and-1″ every single time he shot it- which was often.  The Celtics killed the Kings in the third, holding a 20+ point lead for most of the quarter.  The Kings gave little to no resistance in the third, getting out-scored 33-18 and trailing by 23 going to the fourth.

Kings  67  Celtics  90

Leaders

Kings-   Udrih (16) Points;   Thompson (9) Rebounds;   Udrih (5) Assists.

Celtics-   Pierce (25) Points;   Pierce (6) Rebounds;   Rondo (13) Assists.

Fourth Quarter Recap

This line-up by the Celtics should tell you all you need to know about the fourth quarter:  Nate Robinson, Von Wafer, Marquis Daniels, Luke Harangody and Semih Erden.  That group played almost the entire fourth quarter- enough said.

Kings 95  Celtics  119

Leaders

Kings-   Landry (17) Points;   Thompson (9) Rebounds;   Udrih (5) Assists.

Celtics-   Pierce (25) Points;   Erden (8) Rebounds;   Rondo (13) Assists.

Team                    Kings         Celtics
FG%                       51.4%          51.4%
Rebounds            37                29
Assists/TO          19/22          15/13

Player of the Game:  Paul Pierce.  The all-star small forward was way too much for the Kings to handle.  Pierce scored 25 points on 10-14 shooting (2-3 3pts) and kicked in six rebounds, three assists and four steals in just 25 minutes of play.

The Difference Maker:  Rajon Rondo.  The Celtics’ point guard scored 10 points and handed out 13 assists in just 29 minutes.  Rondo’s lay-in at the end of the half set the tone for the second half and he easily could have had more in the way of numbers if the Celtics needed him to.

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About: James Ham

James Ham is co-owner and senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary film "Small Market, Big Heart".