The supporting cast played big minutes as the Boston Celtics topped the pesky Charlotte Bobcats 108 100 last night in one of the better NBA games on the slate.
The big three for Boston, had relatively quiet games, but role players Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo played above themselves to insure the victory.
“(That) shows how unselfish Rajon is,” said Celtics forward Paul Pierce, who scored 13 points. “I think teams are starting to take notice of our other guys.
Rondo dished out a career high 16 dimes, and Kendrick Perkins poured in 19 points in the win.
“The focus night in and night out is going to be me, Kevin (Garnett) and Ray (Allen). When they overlook these guys, they can really hurt you,” Pierce added. “When you look at the championships being won, it is usually because of the great role players stepping up and getting the job done.”
“If we move the ball, play unselfish and keep the turnovers down, we are a tough team to guard night in and night out,” Pierce said.
Charlotte is the only NBA team to beat the Celts by more than 10 points this year.