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In a three game week, the Celtics had a hard time finding success and ended up with three tough losses.
In Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce's return to Boston, the scrappy Boston squad could not pull out a win against the two future Hall of Famers and their team. The final score ended up being 85-79. Garnett could only manage six points along with 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Pierce also had 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Luckily, the fans in the Garden gave the pair a well deserved standing ovation and the buzz surrounding Boston was magnificent. Brandon Bass played his heart out in the loss with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Rajon Rondo had a great game with 13 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds.
New York Knicks
Facing off against the other New York team, the results were not better. In a blowout 114-88 loss, almost everyone on the Celtics contributed, but it was still not enough. Jeff Green led the Celtics with 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. Off the bench, Chris Johnson and Kris Humphries had 12 points apiece. Jerryd Bayless contributed 10 points and 4 assists in 27 minutes of action. Boston's downfall this game was their shooting. Shooting 39% from the field and 27% from behind the arc is not going to win you many games.
This game was the definition of a heartbreaker... The Celtics looked like they had this game in the bag, but Evan Turner had other ideas and dropped in the game winner. One factor that could have made a huge impact on this game is that Rajon Rondo was sitting out for rest. Jared Sullinger had an amazing performance in the PG's absence and poured in 24 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists. Jeff Green had 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists while playing shooting guard for the majority of the game. Off the bench, Kris Humphries had a near double-double with 13 points and 9 rebounds. This game left the Celtics with an abysmal 15-33 record on the season.