Final: Suns 79-71: Hard to see anything encouraging about this one. The Celtics were awful offensively. scoring 15 points in the first quarter and 16 in the fourth. Ray Allen led Boston with 14 points while Paul Pierce added 12. Marcin Gortat led all scorers with 24 points, including 14 in a row in the first quarter. Steve Nash added 11 points and nine assists. The Celtics fall to 5-9.
Fourth quarter, 1:39, Suns 76-66: The Celtics are headed to another bad loss as Phoenix has led most of the way and shut down the Celtics’ non-existent offense. Boston is shooting 40 percent with 18 turnovers, 11 in a putrid second half.
Fourth quarter, 2:50, Suns 71-63: This one’s on the offense, which can’t consistently score. The Celtics went 6:03 without a point and are headed for a season low in points unless something dramatic happens. Brandon Bass and Ray Allen led Boston with 11 points each.
Fourth quarter, 5:49, Suns 67-59: The Celtics went through a six-minute drought after taking a 55-52 lead and are desperately trying to scrape back. Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley lead the Celtics with 10 points while Marcin Gortat has 20 and 10 rebounds for Phoenix. The Suns are shooting 36 percent in the second half.
Fourth quarter, 8:40, Suns 64-55: The Celtics haven’t scored since the 2:17 mark of the third quarter, a span of 5 minutes 37 seconds and Phoenix is on a 12-0 run. It’s another example of the Celtics anemic offense, especially without Rajon Rondo and Keyon Dooling. Paul Pierce leads the Celtics with 10 points.
End of third quarter, Suns 60-55: Celtics allow Phoenix to score the last 8 points of the quarter and now trail by 5 after taking the lead. The defense was solid in that period but E’Twaun Moore has struggled running the point with 2 points on 1-for-6 shooting. Avery Bradler has been steadier with 8 points in 25 minutes.
Third quarter, 4:56, Suns 50-48: The Celtics are off to a 13-4 run to start the second half and seem to have solved the Suns defensively. But they are wasting more chances to go ahead or tie the game. A big issue in the last few games. Paul Pierce has 10 points while Avery Bradley has 8 points.
Halftime, Suns 46-35: The Celtics obviously aren’t the same team without Rajon Rondo but the Suns are doing a nice job of defending everything near the basket and not giving up any easy layups. The Celtics have missed a load of easy shots and are shooting 36.4 percent from the field while Brandon Bass leads them with 8 points. Marcin Gortat scored 16 points in the first half, 14 in the first quarter.
Second quarter, 2:58, Suns 41-34: The Celtics are slowly climbing back into the game as four of the five starters have 6 points — not Jermaine O’Neal — and Brandon Bass has 8 off the bench. The Celtics have been able to slow down the Phoenix break and have just five turnovers. Avery Bradley has played well in his first start.
Second quarter, 5:48, Suns 35-25: Another slow Celtics start and Phoenix didn’t come to Boston to play patsy. Marcin Gortat has 16 points and the Suns are shooting 51.7 percent. The Celtics need a scoring leader with Rajon Rondo out and no one has taken that responsibility yet.
Second quarter, 8:04, Suns 32-23: Suns on a 6-0 run and the Celtics’ defense is sagging against Phoenix’s up-tempo pace. Former BC standout Jared Dudley has 5 points off the bench while Marcin Gortat scored 14 points in 12 minutes. The Celtics are shooting 40.7 percent and Kevin Garnett has 4 points.
End of first quarter, Suns 20-15: Marcin Gortat is looking like Michael Jordan so far, scoring 14 straight points for Phoenix on 7-for-11 shooting with four rebounds. He has scored Phoenix’s last 14 points. Grant Hill has 4 points for the Suns and Steve Nash has 2. The Celtics are shooting 36.8 percent. Paul Pierce has 6 points.
First quarter, 4:32, Suns 16-8: Marcin Gortat is giving Jermaine O’Neal the business with 10 points and 4 rebounds in just seven minutes. Gortat is 5-for-7 shooting while O’Neal has yet to score.