The Celtics dominated the 76ers on route to a 107-91 win in todays Game 3 of the 2012 NBA Playoffs SemiConference Finals in Philadelphia.
Paul Pierce lead from the get go, constantly attacking the defense and scored 9 points in quarter one after scoring only 21 points in the first two games combined.
From his lead Boston attacked the paint with reckless abandon, whether it was Rondo, Bass or KG the Celtics attacked in waves and never stopped coming.
TNT analyst Chris Webber said it best during the broadcast "There is a dog in the building tonight, and you know this dog is going to bite you" in regards to Pierce.
It All Came Down To..
Philly with no easy buckets, no assists, and they simply gave up in the third quarter.
Boston just sucked the life out of them with persistant defense and team oriented offense that saw everyone score at will.
Thaddeus Yong continued to attack on his way to 22 points using a variety of mid range jumpers and inside shots for the 6ers.
The other positive for this young ball club is that this is how you learn.
Boston are a veteran team who have done this time and time again over the years.
They are actually similar teams in terms of style played and team unity it's just that the talent and execution are not quite there yet.
Where Was Iggy?
You tell me and we'll both know.
Normally a focal point of the offense from a distributing point of view, Andre Iguodala was constantly beaten to his spot by the craftier Pierce and was a complete non factor in this game.
10 points, 2 assists and 4 boards is not going to cut it, he is by no means the culprit of this loss but must improve dramatically on both ends of the floor if they expect to put up a fight in game 4.
Player Of The Game
Garnett was the player of the game for me although Pierce was the catylyst for the win.
KG showed a vintage performance on his way to 27 points and 13 boards. His efficiency as the bail out offensive player is second to none and hit's that long 20 foot jumper with ease time and time again.
His close outs on the pick and roll and all round defensive prescence make me think that after game 4 Philly won't be playing another playoff game at home this season.
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