Final score, Celtics, 100-79 : The Celtics held Kevin Love to 5 for 18 shooting. Kevin Garnett (24 points, 10 rebounds) and Rajon Rondo (17 assists) led the way for the Celtics. Rondo produced his 12th successive double-digit assist game.
End of 3d quarter, Celtics,79-67: Kevin Love had 19 points (4 for 15 from the field) and 10 rebounds but the Celtics mostly kept him off balance with the defending of Kevin Garnett and Greg Stiemsma, knocking the Minnesota offense out of synchronization.
3d quarter, 2:31, Celtics,75-63: The Celtics continued with their accurate shooting (32 for 63) as Rajon Rondo upped his assist total to 16.
End of 1st half, Celtics,56-45:,: Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with his playmaking, finishing with 11 assists in the half. Rondo scored his only points of the half on a shot-clock buzzer drive for an 11-point advantage with 12 seconds remaining.
The Celtics held a 21-19 rebounding edge.
2d quarter,2:53, Celtics,50-36:,: Rajon Rondo handed out his 10th assist with 3:15 remaining, marking his 12th successive double-figure assist game.
2d quarter, 5:32, Celtics,43-32:,: Avery Bradley scored eight points in a 2:28 period and totaled 12 points on four for five shooting).
2d quarter, 8:56, Celtics,35-29:,: Kevin Love hit consecutive 3-pointers in a 40-second period spanning the quarters. Derrick Williams and Malcolm Lee add 3-pointers as Minnesota cut the deficit to six points. But Avery Bradley drew a foul just before a timeout and would going to the foul line with a chance to extend the Celtics’ advantage.
End of 1st quarter, Celtics, 31-20:,: The Celtics shot 13 for 23 (56.5 percent), thanks to the playmaking of Rajon Rondo and a bench spark from Keyon Dooling (2 for 2) and Greg Stiemsma (3 for 3).
1st quarter, :41.5, Celtics, 29-15:,: Kevin Love finally scored with 2:59 remaining, after missing his first six field goal attempts. Rajon Rondo had seven assists in the first 10:05. Keyon Dooling converted two 3-pointers in a 28-second span for the Celtics.
1st quarter, 5:17, Celtics, 15-6:,: Rajon Rondo handed out five assists in the opening 5:36 as the Celtics made defensive stops and got their transition game going. Both Kevin Garnett (1 for 4) and Kevin Love (0 for 3) started slowly.