Celtics, 105-75 The Celtics pull away for an easy victory behind 17 points from Rajon Rondo and five other scorers in double figures, including Jeff Green with 17.
Fourth quarter, 3:32, Celtics 96-61 The Celtics are cruising with the reserves in the game to finish it out. Rajon Rondo has 17 points as well as Jeff Green. Brandon Bass has 11 points and eight rebounds.
Fourth quarter, 8:54, Celtics 87-59 The Celtics’ reserves are back in the game and a great sign is the long-range shooting of Jeff Green, who has canned three 3-pointers so far. Brandon Bass is also getting warmed up in the paint with 11 points and seven rebounds. Rajon Rondo leads all scorers with 17 points.
End of third quarter, Celtics 81-59 The Celtics have held EA7 to 11-for-46 shooting and 28 points since its 31-point first quarter. The Celtics have played with more passion and execution tonight in front of Marvin Hagler and a horde of Italian Celtic fans. Rajon Rondo has 17 points, Paul Pierce 14, Jeff Green 12 and Jason Terry 11 for Boston.
Third quarter, 2:10, Celtics: 77-55 The starters have joined the fun as the Celtics are pulling away and look to go home with a victory. Jason Terry has just drained consecutive 3-pointers while Jared Sullingers is putting work in the paint with 9 points and 7 rebounds. Jeff Green has hit two 3-pointers.
Third quarter, 6:40, Celtics 64-48 The Celtics are playing with some intensity tonight and Rajon Rondo is controlling the show for the starters. He has 17 points.
Halftime, Celtics 55-42 A “that’s more like it” session for the Celtics as they stymied EA7 Milano defensively, holding the Italian club to 4-for-19 shooting in the second quarter and 11 points. Doc RIvers played the bench all of the second period and Jeff Green produced 9 points while Darko Milicic has 1 point, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocked shots. Ioannis Bourousis has 10 for EA7 Milano.
Second quarter, 4:40, Celtics:52-35: The Celtics are playing their best defense of the short preseason, holding EA7 Milano to 4 points on 2-for-19 shooting in the quarter as Darko Milicic is controlling the paint with his defense. Jeff Green has 9 points in the period.
Second quarter, 8:34, Celtics 34-33: The second unit is in the game and while they have held EA7 Milano to one basket, they can’t find a way to score. Doc Rivers just picked up a technical foul for telling official David Guthrie to “Pay Attention!” after calling Darko Milicic with an offensive foul. Rivers claimed Darko was pushed into the illegal screen.
End of first quarter, Celtics 34-31: EA7 Milano trimmed a 10-point deficit to 3, thanks to former Oregon Duck and San Antonio Spur Malik Hairston, who has 7 points while Antonio Fotsis has 6. Rajon Rondo was brilliant in the period with 17 points on 7-for-7 shooting with two assists and a 3-pointer. Paul Pierce added 9 points in 7:33.
First quarter, 4:27, Celtics 24-17: Rajon Rondo is putting on a show so far with 12 points, including an acrobatic layup that wowed the crowd here that seems to be rooting for both teams. Paul Pierce has 7 points, including a contested 3-pointer.
First quarter, 5:55, Celtics 17-15: The Celtics are scoring at will but have to learn how to defend the 3-pointer has EA7 Milano has three already to keep close. Rajon Rondo is popping his open elbow jumper and already has 8 points.
First quarter, 7:43, Celtics 11-10: The Celtics have more energy but EA7 Milano has stayed close with two 3-pointers. Rajon Rondo already has 5 points and Paul Pierce (or Piersa as the PA announcer is saying) has 4