You gotta hand it to the Celtics. They didn't mail in a game where a sloppy, uninspired loss would have been understandable. They didn't quit when they lost a late lead. And they didn't give up when the referees all suffered simultaneous strokes in overtime and started calling some of the most absurd fouls (fouling out both KG and Stiemsma) we've seen in quite some time.
The Celtics battled, they persevered, and they beat the Atlanta Hawks 88-86.
Rajon Rondo had the worst great game I've ever seen. He shot 3-16 and had 6 turnovers… but he racked up his 19th career triple double, 6th of the season, with a 10 point, 10 rebound, 20 assist night. Before fouling out, Garnett was still bathing in the fountain of youth… putting up 22 and 12.
But the unheralded star of this game was Brandon Bass, who put up 21 and 10. I damn near soiled myself in the OT when he fell awkwardly and immediately clutched his knee. I thought for sure this was it for him. But after a few minutes on the floor, he got up, walked it off, and stayed in the game. I love him for his toughness… but man he scared the shit outta me.
The Celtics played Josh Smith the way they should have all night, but he torched them with jumpers… that is… until the end, when he missed a potential game winning 3. Jeff Teague had a huge night too… 21 points on 8-12 shooting.
Props to the C's on this one. They have now won 4 in a row as they head into Toronto to start their 3-straight stretch.
After the jump: Mickael Pietrus' hilarious post game interview
Seriously… How can you not love this guy??