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article imageNBA: Boston sets streaking Suns with 115-103 win at the Garden

By Kristofor Molson     Mar 3, 2011 in Sports
Boston - The Suns have been getting wins in overtime with their last two games going into overtime. They went into O.T. against the Indiana Pacers and New Jersey Nets winning both games with late 3-pointers by Channing Frye to give them two big wins.
The Boston Celtics (44-15) are at home after a four game road trip to take on the Phoenix Suns (31-28). The Suns won the first meeting 88-71 at their home, and looked to get another one as they tried to ride their momentum into the Garden.
The game started out pretty even as both teams battled to get an edge with the score tied at eight early in the quarter. The Celtics then went on an 8-0 run that pushed their lead 16-8 capped off by a Pierce dunk that forced Phoenix to take a timeout. The Celtics kept the lead as they held the Suns off to end the quarter with a 32-21 lead. Garnett finish the quarter scoring a total of 12 points to lead them to the 11 point lead going into the second quarter.
The Celtics opened up with 8-2 run that pushed their lead to 17 points on Green jumper. The Suns theen had Pietrus and Brooks hitting back to back 3-pointers to get lead down to 11, but the Celtics kept their poise to hold the Suns to 21 points in this period. The Celtics then pushed their lead to 14 when Allen hit a 3-pointr in the middle of a 12-3 run that gave the Celtics a 20 point lead 62-42 going into halftime.
The Suns had trouble from their starters with just Grant Hill and Vince Carter scoring in double digits with 11 apiece.
The bench for the Suns came up big as Mickael Pietrus 11 points, and Aaron Brooks scoring 17 points to lead the team. Jared Dudley scored 15 points and Marcin Gortat scored 13 points as the bench for the Suns scored 63 points.
Kevin Garnett was the leader for the Celtics scoring 28 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Ray Allen scored 19 points going 4-6 from behind the arc. Paul Pierce scored 16 points and grabbed a game 13 rebounds with Rajon Rondo also scoring 16 points and dishing out 15 assists. Nenad Krstic scored 13 points and the Celtics had Glen Davis come off the bench to score 14 points, but left with a knee injury.
The Celtics opened up the third quarter pushing their lead to 24 points with 13-9 run that was capped off with a Pierce dunk. The Celtics got their lead to 29 points behind an Allen 3-pointer and a Garnett jumper forcing the Suns to take a timeout. The Sun continued to struggle late in the quarter when Brooks hit a 3-pointer, and Dudley hitting back to back 3-pointers to help the Suns score the last nine points of the quarter.
The Suns cut the Celtics lead down to 19 to go into the fourth down 91-72.
The Suns opened the fourth quarter scoring the first nine points getting the lead to ten before Davis made a pair of free-throws at the 8:17 mark. The Celtics did not let the lead get less than ten as they buckled down to close out the game.
Allen knocked down a 3-pointer to push the Celtics lead up to 13. The game got chippy when Rondo pulled up for a 3-pointer at 1:54 mark. The Celtics were up by ten and Rondo pulled up for a three and Dudley pushed him down to the floor. Later on Kevin Garnett was hit with a technical foul.
The last time these two teams meet Suns Coach Alvin Gentry said he had “lost a little respect” for Garnett due to an incident that happen between him and Channing Frye. This time he was hit with a technical with .17 seconds left in and when asked about it Garnett said
Alvin Gentry was asking me for tickets for the first round of the playoffs and I told him I'd hook him up. That's what that was about.
The Celtics shot 53.7 percent for the game against the Suns 42.9 percent, and shot 52.2 percent from behind the arc compared to the Suns 33.3 percent. Boston also outrebounded the Suns 45-33, and beat them big in points in the paint 52-26.
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