Thursday, September 13, 2012

Boston (64-16) finally claims #1 Seed in East

After resting their stars for a series of games that mostly ended up as wins, the Boston Celtics brought out their starting lineup to take on the Spurs (who beat them in their last meeting). After a gritty 1st quarter, Boston climbed to a 14-22 lead and continued to increase it by halftime.

The Spurs started shooting poorly, and Boston realized its stars had done enough for a blowout victory.

Afterward, the stars continued to rest on the bench for the next few games as Boston defeated the OKC Thunder and Sacramento Kings. Before long the Knicks were waiting to host the Celtics in Madison Square Garden. The stars certainly returned to the floor. However, just like their last battle, Boston clawed out a small lead by halftime and strengthened it in the 3rd, boasting an unprecedented lead, 75-57.

Carmelo Anthony's shot was off that night, but New York fired back, slimming the lead down to 8 at one point, only for Boston's strong play to continue and cap off the victory. Whether these two teams will clash in the Playoffs? We can only hope.

After the big game in NYC, Boston breezed past Toronto & Milwaukee and it was then that they overtook the defiant Miami Heat for the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference. As of now, the Celtics have a .5 game lead on the defending champions and a tough rematch against the Chicago Bulls, followed by one last meeting with the Bucks to close out the season.

Either way, Boston should be proud about their outstanding effort.

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