Kings 120, Celtics 95: Disinterested Boston Stomped By Sacramento
Bad doesn't even describe it. Ray Allen scored 26 and Paul Pierce added 19 points, but the Boston Celtics just didn't bring it on Friday night, and the Sacramento Kings took advantage in a 120-95 blowout win in Sacramento, CA.
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Quite simply, the Boston Celtics didn't bring their 'A' game into their matchup with the Sacramento Kings on Friday night at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento. Actually, they didn't bring their 'B' game, 'C' game or even 'D' game.
Marcus Thornton scored a game-high 36 points, even scoring 16 of his team's 20 points at one stretch from the third quarter through the fourth, and the Kings torched an uninterested Celtics squad, 120-95.
It was clear that the Celts weren't ready right off the bat, falling behind by nine points in the early stages of the game while allowing the Kings to shoot 60 percent. Boston was down 26-20 after one quarter, but they showed some life in the second, outscoring Sacramento by five, 31-26, to make it a one-point game, 52-51, heading into halftime.
The third quarter was about as ugly as it could get. Thornton scored 14 in the frame and the Kings shot 70 percent and made all 10 free throws attempted on the way to a season-best 41-point quarter, putting them up 93-74 entering the final period. The Kings coasted for the final twelve minutes en route to their 15th win of the season.
Sacramento had five players reach double digits in scoring, led by Thornton. Jason Thompson scored 21 and had 15 rebounds, DeMarcus Cousins finished with 20 points and seven boards, Isaiah Thomas had 13 points and 10 assists and Travis Outlaw scored 10 off the bench. The Kings shot 53.5 percent from the field.
Ray Allen scored 26 and Paul Pierce, who suffered from a mild right ankle sprain late in the game, scored 19 (four in the second half) for Boston. Brandon Bass scored 16, Kevin Garnett had 10 points and Rajon Rondo was held to four points but had 12 assists. Boston shot 45.6 percent from the floor in the embarrassing loss.
Certainly, this is not the way the Celtics had hoped to begin their trek back East, but they'll have to move on quickly, as they take on the Denver Nuggets at 9 p.m. EDT on Saturday.
Paul Pierce (15 points), Ray Allen (13 points) and the Boston Celtics cam out flat, but a solid second quarter brought them within one point of the Sacramento Kings, 52-51, at halftime late Friday night at Power Balance Pavlion in Sacramento.
The Celtics trailed by nine early in the game, only to close out the second quarter on a 9-2 run to get themselves back into the game. Sacramento jumped out to a 26-20 lead after one, holding Boston to 33 percent shooting while taking a 14-5 edge on the boards. The Celtics outscored the Kings, 31-26, in the second.
Sacramento, playing without its leading scorer in Tyreke Evans, shot a respectable 46 percent and was shooting 60 percent at one points in the first. Marcus Thornton scored 10 and Jason Thompson had nine points and eight rebounds to lead the Kings.
Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics (23-19) survived the trade deadline intact, and the C's will take on the struggling Sacramento Kings (14-29) in the middle game of an eight-game West coast road trip at 10 p.m. Friday (CSN/WEEI).