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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Obama and Celtics provide great hope for the future
There's a reason I've never written more than a passing joke about politics. Nothing brings down a party like a biased political view. However, last night was a historic moment in American history and it cannot be ignored: Barack Obama, an African-American democrat was elected as the 44th President of the United States. He overwhelmingly defeated republican nominee John McCain (349-163 in the electoral college) to become the first black president in our nation's history.
The Boston Celtics (3-1) also beat the Houston Rockets (3-1), 103-99 at the Toyota Center in a game that will be quickly forgotten.
All five Celtics starters scored in double figures as Boston bounced back from an awful game Saturday night vs. the Pacers and knocked off a team that's getting a lot of undeserved hype.
Ray Allen led the C's with 29 points, five rebounds and five assists. Kendrick Perkins outplayed Yao Ming and posted 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. Kevin Garnett had 14 points and 11 rebounds while Paul Pierce added 13 points and nine rebounds. Rajon Rondo notched 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
As it was much of last season, Boston's bench was fantastic last night. Glen Davis scored nine points and Eddie House tossed in eight.
With the addition of possibly the most overrated player in the NBA-Ron Artest-the Rockets have been many experts' pick to make some noise in the West. I guess they've conveniently forgotten that Tracy McGrady has never gotten out of the first round and Yao Ming is injury-prone.
McGrady did his part last night with 26 points and six assists. For one night, Luis Scola was second banana with 21 points and nine rebounds. Artest managed 15 points and seven rebounds while Yao was held to eight points and seven rebounds. Aaron Brooks had 12 off the bench for Houston.
Boston was up 28-22 after the first quarter and 58-53 at the half. The Rockets took the third (25-23) but the Celtics held on in the fourth (22-21) despite Ray Allen fouling out and Tony Allen fouling McGrady taking a three when the Celts were up by four late in the game.
The Green shot 51.9% from the floor and Houston shot 39.1%. Boston also had five more boards (46-41) and four more blocks (5-1).
Boston goes to Oklahoma City tonight to play Kevin Durant and the Thunder. Back-to-back games, especially on the road, are never easy but the Thunder are one of the NBA's worst teams.