Henderson pours it on against stunned Celtics

Henderson pours it on against stunned Celtics
March 12, 2013, 11:15 pm
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Boston Celtics are not in the business of disrespecting any NBA player.

But they know that Charlotte's Gerald Henderson, a decent player, mind you, had no business - NO BUSINESS! - cracking them for a career-high 35 points.

"Nothing against him, but anytime you give Gerald Henderson 30-something points, 21 in the first half, it's going to be a long night for you," Celtics guard Jason Terry told CSNNE.com. "Because now he has confidence."

And that confidence seemed to be contagious as Charlotte went on to blow out the Celtics, 100-74 which included the C's scoring just 28 points in the second half which was the second-fewest points scored by a Bobcats opponent in a half, in franchise history

Making Henderson's big scoring night even the more surprising was that unlike most guards that the C's have faced this year who had big scoring nights, Henderson got his points in a very efficient manner.

The 35 points came on 11-for-19 shooting from the field along with a 12-for-12 performance from the free throw line.

"He's been getting better over the last three weeks," said Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap of Henderson. "You can just sense it with him."

And Celtics coach Doc Rivers could sense that Henderson wasn't the least bit intimidated or in awe of Boston's perimeter defenders who have been among the best collectively this season.

"Gerald Henderson, I just thought looked at whoever was guarding him and said, 'I'm better than you tonight' and proved that," Rivers said.

Boston defensive ace Avery Bradley was among those that Henderson had success scoring against on Tuesday.

Like most of his teammates, Bradley wanted to put Tuesday's loss behind him as quickly as possible and start thinking about Wednesday's game against Toronto.

But for a player who takes such pride in being an elite defender, to have a player go off on the Celtics defense the way Henderson did, is not an easy pill to swallow.

"It hurts me a lot," Bradley said. "But at the same time, it's team defense. We all have to help each other out there at the end of the day. He (Henderson) had a great game. We won't let it happen again, I know that."

Terry echoed similar sentiments about Henderson's big scoring night.

"One out of 82 games, you're going to get somebody that's playing way above their head and have a good performance. We take our hat off to him, but he'll know it's going to be a lot tougher (on Saturday when the Bobcats play in Boston). If he get 30 this next one, he's going to be crawling out of there with it."