Sometimes all you need is two.
The Celtics were forced to play without one of their Big Three tonight, and while it was a struggle in the early going, Boston proved its Dynamic Duo of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett can also get the job done in Boston’s 104-82 win.
Tony Allen started in place of Ray Allen and made a solid contribution. Allen had 11 points and 3 rebounds. He made a great pass to Garnett in the first half for a show-stopping dunk, and he made a spectacular tip-in to begin the fourth quarter and push Boston’s lead to 80-59.
The Celtics were up by just two points at halftime, but a big 12-0 run in the third quarter blew the game wide open. Boston outscored Milwaukee 32-15 in the third.
Pierce carried much of the scoring load and led the Celtics with 32 points. He left to a standing ovation.
Garnett had 15 points and 7 rebounds, but his presence on the court seemed far more impactful. Garnett can score 25 points and do it very quietly, but every one of his points tonight was loud and emphatic.
Rajon Rondo had 17 points and 8 assists for the Celtics. Gabe Pruitt and Leon Powe each had 7 points off the bench.
Milwaukee is a team full of scorers, but none of them broke out for a big game. Michael Redd (7 points) had a particularly poor game, thanks in part to Allen’s defense.
The Celtics matched their best home start (12-0) in franchise history with the win. The 1984-85 team also started 12-0. The Celtics have now won eight games in a row. It is their second eight-game win streak of the season. The Celtics went 15 years between their last two eight-game win streaks.
Milwaukee is now 2-11 on the road.