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Final: Celtics 119, Kings 95

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  January 12, 2011 07:40 PM

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Final, Celtics, 119-95: An easy win for once after a couple of tough losses. The bench scored 56 points and Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 25 points in 27 minutes. No Kevin Garnett or Jermaine O'Neal tonight and likely not Friday against Charlotte either.

Fourth quarter, 5:29, Celtics, 105-84: The bench is trying to maintain the lead but the key tonight is the production from Nate Robinson, who has 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting. If he can return to form, the Celtics will be primed for a strong second half.

Fourth quarter, 8:54, Celtics, 97-73: The bench players are in as the Celtics try to get some rest before Friday's game with Charlotte. Nate Robinson has 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting, a good sign since he has been struggling since that Christmas Day game.

End of third quarter, Celtics, 90-67: Finally the Celtics look like one of the elite teams in the East, outscoring the Kings, 33-18, in the third quarter as Rajon Rondo already has 13 assists while Paul Pierce has 25 points on 10-for-14 shooting with 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Third quarter, 2:50, Celtics, 83-61: The Celtics are getting transition points and Sacramento's legs are getting heavy. The Celtics are on a 22-10 run and Paul Pierce has 25 points and Ray Allen has 14. Beno Udrih has 16 for Sacramento.

Third quarter, 9:30, Celtics, 66-51: Celtics begin period on a 9-2 run and attempt to put away the Kings early. This should not be a difficult game given the Kings are shorthanded (without Tyreke Evans) and coming off a back-to-back. Ray Allen has 11 points with five rebounds.

Halftime, Celtics, 57-49: The Celtics are playing better defense, holding the Kings to 7-for-17 shooting in the second quarter, but they got into early foul trouble and Sacramento attempted a whopping 18 free throws in that quarter, good for 13 points. Beno Udrih and Carl Landry have combined for 25 points; Paul Pierce has 10 for the Celtics.

Second quarter, 2:50, Celtics, 48-42: The Celtics aren't exactly blowing out the Kings here and Sacramento is using steady play to stay close. Paul Pierce is stuck on 15 points while Glen Davis has 8 points on nine shots.

Second quarter, 5:51, Celtics, 42-34: Celtics on a 9-3 run and trying to create some distance from the pesky Kings. Paul Pierce played the entire first quarter but has yet to make an appearance in the second. Nate Robinson has 6 points off the bench while Jason Thompson paces Sacramento with 5 points and seven rebounds.

Second quarter, 8:51, Celtics, 33-29: Shooting percentage is up to 42.4 but the Kings are at 57.9, so that's why the game is so close. Paul Pierce has 15 points and Marquis Daniels has 4 off the bench.

End of first quarter, Celtics, 28-22: Paul Pierce is carrying the Celtics with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting. The rest of the roster is 6 for 20 for 13 points. Beno Udrih leads Sacramento with 9 points.

First quarter, 1:33, Tied at 19: Celtics are shooting 33 percent and the Kings 61 percent, so that's why we're tied. The Celtics have taken 11 more shots than Sacramento but missed eight straight in one stretch and Paul Pierce (10 points) is the only Celtic with any offensive rhythm.

First quarter, 4:29, Celtics, 14-12: Boston would have a double-digit lead if it not for missing a bunch of easy shots. The Celtics are 6 for 19 from the field, and Glen Davis and Ray Allen are a combined 3 for 11. Paul Pierce has 7 points, while every Kings starter has scored.

First quarter, 9:27, Celtics, 10-2: The Celtics started off with the game's first 8 points, including 3-pointers by Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, and are trying to make an early statement after the Houston disappointment.

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