The Celtics returned to TD Garden well rested and a little ticked following a close win over Minnesota, a loss to Phoenix and ugly victory over the New Jersey Nets. Boston used great teamwork to dominate the Utah Jazz 105-86 on Wednesday as seven players scored in double figures and Bill Walker made his season debut with two minutes in garbage time.
Three close games weren’t to the Celtics’ liking, so they used stifling help defense and ball movement to easily defeat the Jazz. Utah looked intimidated in some stretches. Carlos Boozer, looking for a mega contract this summer, finished with 10 points and two rebounds in 27 minutes. He wasn’t injured but he looked uninterested at times and definitely unwilling to compete with Kevin Garnett.
This is Boston basketball at its best. No Celtic attempted more than 12 shots and they led by as many as 23 points.
Paul Pierce — A complete night with 13 points, six rebounds and six assists and three 3-pointers. He picked his moments and sparkled early in the third quarter to give Boston a 14-point lead.
Kevin Garnett — It’s amazing how many power forwards shrink when playing against KG, but it’s true. Boozer was an afterthought Wednesday while Garnett tallied 18 points in just 26 minutes and his perimeter game is getting stronger.
Kendrick Perkins — He stayed out of foul trouble, had a couple of nice assists and grabbed eight boards in 26 minutes. Perkins played tough defense against Mehmet Okur and he didn’t need to be a star tonight. But his play stood out.
Ray Allen — Allen picked his spots and took advantage of an aggressive Ronnie Brewer, like the old man schooling the kid. His 15 points came on eight shots, an efficient night.
Rajon Rondo — Didn’t try to get into a one-on-one match with Deron Williams and just played his game, which was impressive. He finished with 11 assists in 30 minutes and added 14 points. He stayed within himself, a sign of maturity.
Marquis Daniels — A good night from Daniels after missing the New Jersey game. He scored 10 points with three rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes. He needs to improve his free throw shooting.
Rasheed Wallace — Was 3-for-5 from on two-pointers and added 12 points in 21 minutes. His 3-point percentage has dropped down to 33 percent, a cause for concern.
Shelden Williams — Six points and six rebounds in 19 minutes is great effort from Williams, who ran the floor well and provided energy.
Eddie House — Appeared upset following the game and perhaps it was because a 2-for-7 night and three fouls in 17 minutes. House will have better nights.