The guard play tonight for the Celtics was vital to the teams performance. Bradley had easily his biggest offensive output of the year scoring 17 of his 30 points in the 3rd quarter. He was money shooting the basketball and shot an eye popping 12-23 fg on the night. Along with Bradley, Evan Turner had a super efficient game putting up 15/6/5 on 7-11 shooting from the field. And not to be out done Marcus Smart's 14/6/4 line was huge for the Celtics as well.
The surprise performance of the night was that of Gerald Wallace. He was called upon to provide a spark of the bench in the first half and responded with a couple big hustle plays. In returning to Charlotte, Wallace showed flashes of the player he used to be in the city where he had probably his best years in the NBA. He ended up with 4 points 5 rebounds and two steals, and a big time alley-oop slam that came out of no where.
Kemba Walker and Mo Williams scored 28 and 19 points respectively and brought the Hornets to within six points in the fourth quarter, but that just wasn't enough.
It was awesome to see the Celtics starters respond after a brutal showing yesterday against the Los Angeles Clippers where they were just totally out classed from start to finish. They were strong from the get go tonight and never fell behind after bringing an eight point lead into halftime.
The trend of letting the opposition back into games continued though, which is very concerning for a team that has playoff aspirations. Up by 19 in the 4th, they did their typical Celtics routine of letting their foot off the gas and let the Hornets make a run. We've seen that too many times this year, and it's something that absolutely has to stop if they want to make any noise in the final stretch.
Next Up: Indiana Pacers @ TD Garden, Wednesday 7pm
@seandutra on Twitter