Marbury Had Stellar Debut

28 02 2009


By: Brendan Tyman

Playing his first game in a Boston uniform, Stephon Marbury played well enough to help the Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 104-99. He also received a rousing ovation from the Garden crowd when he was first stepped on the court in the final seconds of the opening quarter.

Marbury tallied 8 points and 2 assists in 13 minutes of playing time. He also keyed the 16-4 run for the Celtics early in the 4th quarter as he made a couple of nice driving layups. Rajon Rondo recorded 17 assists. Ray Allen led all scorers with 30. Glen “Big Baby” Davis added 18 points

This was a back-and-forth contest, but the C’s controlled the final frame until the Pacers made a late run to cut their 13 point defecit to 4. Davis converted a key 3 point play and the Celts made some clutch free throws down the stretch to hold on to the victory.

T.J. Ford put up 23 points for Indiana. Troy Murphy contributed with 20 points and 13 boards.

On Sunday, the Detroit Pistons come into town hoping to stay on track after a win over Orlando last night.


Boston Paces by Phoenix Without Garnett

22 02 2009


By: Brendan Tyman

The Celtics defeated the Suns by a 128-108 score. Without Kevin Garnett out, the Celts were led by the strong backcourt play of Rajon Rondo (celebrating his 23rd birthday today) and Ray Allen.

Rondo tallied 32 points with 10 dimes as he schooled Steve Nash throughout the contest. Allen added 31 and missed the first free throw in his last 72 attempts. Paul Pierce finished with 26 points despite starting 1 for 8.

The C’s shot 63 percent from the field and put up 16 points on the break.

Jason Richardson led Phoenix with 21 points. Nash knocked down 19 with 11 assists. The Suns just refused to play defense. They were missing their leading scorer, Amare Stoudemire, who had eye surgery on Friday.

Boston is currently 3-1 on this West Coast trip. They will be in Denver tomorrow night as they square off against the Nuggets.