In a match between the Celtics and the Cavs, the MVP chants are usually reserved for the Big Three or LeBron James, but on game 4 of the semifinals between Cleveland and Boston at TD Garden, those chants were directed to Rajon Rondo, who become the hero of the night handling his team a 97-87 victory thanks to his 29 points, eighteen rebounds and thirteen assists. Now the series is even at 2 wins each, with the fifth game coming tomorrow night at Quicken Loans Arena.
This is the 4th time in the postseason that Rondo manages to come up with triple double numbers, and it also meant a playoff career-high concerning rebounds for him, and the 24 year old point guard is just one of 3 players in NBA history to come up with such outstanding postseason figures, the other ones being Oscar Robertson back in 1963, and Wilt Chamberlain in 1967.
Veterans Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen managed to score eighteen apiece for Boston, in a game where the Celtics looked quite different than in game 3 of the series, which was probably the worst playoff appearance for Boston in the history of the franchise.
With this win, they got back in the picture, as there are at least two more games to be played in this series. Tony Allen came from the bench and was able to score 15 points to help a team that was falling victim of foul trouble, especially Paul Pierce, who scored nine points only.
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For Cleveland, LeBron James finished with 22 points, just one more than those he scored in the 1st quarter of game three, while Shaquille O’Neal scored 17, the most points for him in a single game during the current playoffs.
This was a surprising victory for the Celtics, as they didn’t looked too good in the first quarter, with the Cavaliers scoring the first seven points of the game, and Kendrick Perkins and Paul Pierce going to the bench early in the period due to fouls, but by the end of the quarter, Boston had recovered, and was on their way to achieve the victory thanks to a 31-22 lead entering the second.
Most critics had the Cavaliers as clear favorites to win this series, but the Celtics are playing their best basketball, and it seems like they are not slowing down, which is why they still have a chance to beat LeBron and co.
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