Ray Allen scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Boston Celtics topped the Sacramento Kings, 95-90, at ARCO Arena on Tuesday night.
Allen made 9-of-15 shots, including 4-of-7 three pointers, and was plus-14 in 35 minutes. With his four three pointers, he is now eight three pointers away from tying retired Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller for the most three pointers made in NBA history.
Rajon Rondo had 17 points and 10 assists for the Celtics (37-11). Paul Pierce scored 15 points and had five rebounds and five assists while Kevin Garnett registered 12 points and seven rebounds. Glen Davis scored 14 points and Kendrick Perkins added eight points and 10 rebounds for Boston.
Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins each scored 20 points for Sacramento (12-34). Donte Greene had 15 points and Beno Udrih totaled 12 points, six rebounds and six assists in the Kings' loss.
Boston outscored Sacramento, 27-20, in the first quarter but was outscored by the Kings, 34-18, in the second quarter and entered the intermission with a nine-point deficit, trailing 54-45. However, the Celtics scored 29 third-quarter points and added 21 points in the fourth quarter to stifle Sacramento and finish their four-game West Coast road trip at 3-1.
The Celtics shot 44.7% from the field (38-for-85) and 36.4% from three-point range (4-for-11). The Kings made 31-of-71 shots (43.7%) and 6-of-11 threes (54.5%). Boston finished with 43 rebounds, 23 assists, 14 steals and 15 turnovers while Sacramento amassed 36 rebounds, 18 assists, 10 steals, 12 blocks and 17 turnovers.
Boston returns to action on Friday night when it hosts Dallas on primetime television. Sacramento plays San Antonio at home in its next game on Friday night.