The Boston Celtics extended their undefeated record to 5–0 Tuesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers with a 105–74 win at the Wachovia Center, giving them the best record in the NBA so far this season.
The first quarter was tight at 19–17 but the Celtics owned the rest of the game and pulled away in the fourth quarter outscoring the Sixers by 14.
Celtics captain Paul Pierce had a game high 21 points followed by the newly acquired former Pistons forward-center Rasheed Wallace with 20.
Wallace went a solid 7–10 in field goals including 6–8 from the three-point line and is showing himself to be the solid performer the Celtics were hoping he would be. This was easily Wallace’s best performance with the Celtics so far.
Other help from the bench came from guard Eddie House and forward Shelden Williams with 12 and 11 points, respectively. All of House’s points came from deep; he went an impressive 4–5 in three pointers.
Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo had 11 points and a team high five assists and four steals. Rondo just agreed to a five-year, $55-million contract extension with the Celtics.
Rondo’s scrappy, fast-paced offense and aggressive defense have made him an indispensable weapon in the Celtics’ game. He quickly came to assume a leading role after joining the team in 2007.
About the only thing out of order for the Celtics were unusually poor performances from starters Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett.
Allen had only five points and Garnett had three. Garnett was 1–7 in field goals and Allen didn’t even score his first until the third quarter.
The now 2–2 76ers were outperformed on every level except from the foul line, bettering the Celtics’ .643 percentage with a .682 percentage in free-throws.
The team performed very poorly from three-point land going 1–16 and had a low field-goal percentage of .362.
With Rondo locked in, Pierce and Wallace playing at high levels, and Kevin Garnett staying healthy, the Celtics have one of the best shots in the NBA to win the championship and return to their 2008 glory days.
The Celtics are now one of three teams to maintain a perfect record after Tuesday’s basketball action. The Denver Nuggets are now 4–0 after their 111–93 win against the Indiana Pacers and the Phoenix Suns beat the previously undefeated Miami Heat 104–96 to also go to 4–0.
The Orlando Magic fell from their undefeated record with an 81–77 loss to the now 2–2 Detroit Pistons in their first meeting of the season.