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Monday, December 8, 2008

The best shooter in the NBA is alive and well

I only caught bits of the first half and some of the second half and overtime since the Patriots game started at 4 p.m. but the Boston Celtics (20-2) took care of business once again with a 122-117 win over the Pacers (7-13) last night at Conseco Fieldhouse.

The C's won their 12th straight game, tying last year's best run and also tying the franchise's best start through 22 games.

You might not have noticed since the playoffs last season but Ray Allen has been playing out of his mind.

He had a game-high 35 points yesterday, including 7-of-12 shooting on threes. It's pretty remarkable how well the guy is playing when you consider how much of a funk he was in much of last season and particularly in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Kevin Garnett added 17 points, 20 rebounds, five steals and four assists. Paul Pierce had 17 points and eight assists while Kendrick Perkins scored 11 points and grabbed seven boards.

Rajon Rondo put up seven points, seven assists (six turnovers), six rebounds and four steals while Eddie House (15 points) and Tony Allen (12 points) had the scoring touch off the bench.

Marquis Daniels led the Pacers with 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Danny Granger added 20 points, six assists and three steals while Jarrett Jack (17 points), Troy Murphy (15 points, 6 rebounds) and Rasho Nesterovic (14 points) also put up numbers in the loss.

The C's travel to Washington on Thursday to face a Wizards team that gave them trouble last season but can't get out of its own way so far this season.