Celtics top Wizards, 88-76, behind Bradley's 23 points


Celtics top Wizards, 88-76, behind Bradley's 23 points

BOSTON No Ray Allen. No Mickael Pietrus.

Not a problem apparently for the Boston Celtics, who got a much-needed lift from their reserves in defeating Washington, 88-76.

For the C's, no player made the most of the opportunity to play more due to injuries, than Avery Bradley.

Primarily a defensive stopper, Bradley has steadily improved his perimeter shooting this season.

That, along with timely cuts to the basket for lay-ups, led to a career-high 23 points on Sunday.

In fact, Bradley's 15 first-quarter points were actually more than the entire Wizards team had in the first (12).

It wasn't until a lay-up by Kevin Seraphin with 8:01 to play in the second quarter did Washington finally have more points scored then Bradley.

His play certainly set the tone for the Celtics to take a commanding 53-34 lead at the half. But the C's have been known to squander a lead or two, and Sunday was no different.

Boston, which led by as many as 25 points, saw its lead cut to as little as eight points in the third.

During a time-out, C's coach Doc Rivers was clearly upset with his team not being able to put away a Washington team that had no business being so close.

"Be right! Play right! That's all you gotta do!" Rivers said.

That's exactly what the C's did as they were able to push their lead back to a comfortable double digit margin, 69-55, after three quarters of play.

Report: Celtics not one of the teams trying to acquire Cousins

Report: Celtics not one of the teams trying to acquire Cousins

The Sacramento Kings are "fully engaged" in DeMarcus Cousins trade discussions, but it appears the Boston Celtics are not in the running for the All-Star center.

According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, the Celtics are not one of the teams talking to the Kings about Cousins.

More to come. . . 


Davis' 52 points breaks Chamberlain's All-Star record, West beats East, 192-182


Davis' 52 points breaks Chamberlain's All-Star record, West beats East, 192-182

NEW ORLEANS – The stars were everywhere, on and off the court during the 66th annual NBA All-Star game.

There were lots of hugs, handshakes and goody-good vibes shared by all.

And then … the fourth quarter arrived.

It’s the only time of the game when the All-Star game actually looks like a game and not an open gym full of the best players on the planet.

And as we’ve seen this season, no one is better in the fourth quarter than Boston’s Isaiah Thomas.

True to form, Thomas saw a playing time in the fourth quarter.

But his scoring prowess wasn’t enough with the Western Conference emerging with a 192-182 win.  It is the sixth time in the last seven All-Star games that the West has come away with the victory.

Thomas had 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting and 4-for-10 from 3-point range.

That’s not a bad performance, but there were others who were a lot more prolific shooting the ball.

Kevin Durant, playing in his first All-Star game as a member of the Golden State Warriors, had a triple-double of 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, MVP each of the previous two All-Star games, finished with 41 points – one shy of tying the most points scored in an All-Star game.

Despite Westbrook’s monster game, the record wound up being shattered by New Orleans’ Anthony Davis who had 52 points which broke Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star game record of 42 points set in 1962.

Shooting 26 for 39 from the field, Davis also grabbed 10 rebounds.

One of the more interesting stretches came in the first half between Thomas and Westbrook.

Westbrook grabbed an offensive rebound, saw that he was being guarded by Thomas and snarled at him moments before banking in a 3-pointer.

Thomas wasn’t about to be showed up by his fellow All-Star.

On the ensuing possession, he came right back and hit a long range 3-pointer in Russell’s mug. Westbrook came back with a 3-pointer that was off the mark followed by a Thomas miss.

That sequence was about as close as we came to seeming some semblance of defense played by either team, with lay-ups, and wide open dunks reigning supreme all night.

The much-talked about “reunion” between Durant and Westbrook was very civil, one that included the two connecting on a give-and-go in the first half that ended with a Westbrook basket.

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo gave the crowd better dunks in the All-Star game than the actual slam dunk contest, finishing with 30 points on 14-of-17 with 12 dunks.