Ray Allen finished with 22 points to lead the Celtics to a 95-90 win over the Kings Tuesday night in Sacramento. Boston, which won for the ninth time in the last 11 games, also got 17 points and 10 assists from Rajon Rondo and 15 from Paul Pierce in the victory, which allowed the Celtics to complete their four-game road swing with a 3-1 record. Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins scored 15 each for the Kings. For more Celtics news, check out weei.com/celtics.

Former Lakers great Magic Johnson told ESPN.com that Los Angeles' loss to the Celtics on Sunday demonstrated that the Lakers need to make a trade in order to position themselves for a run at a title.

 

Jeff Van Gundy, who provides analysis for NBA games on ESPN and ABC, joined the Dale & Holley show Tuesday to talk about the Celtics’ victory over the Lakers on Sunday, the recent controversy surrounding Kevin Garnett and other NBA topics.

 

Van Gundy was asked for his take on the Celtics, who now stand at 36-11 after Sunday's win. 

 

To watch the Celtics play at their best is to wonder how they ever lose. How can a team with this many weapons, that is this unselfish, that plays this kind of defense ever come up short? The obvious reasons include health, focus and the unrelenting NBA schedule.



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Paul Pierce finished with 32 points, leading six Celtics in double figures in a 109-96 win over the Lakers Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. It was the eighth win in the last 10 games for Boston, which got 21 points from Ray Allen and 18 points and 13 rebounds from Kevin Garnett. Kobe Bryant had a game-high 41 points to lead Los Angeles, which held a 54-50 lead at halftime. But the Celtics rebounded, taking the lead for good midway through the third quarter and holding off a charge from Bryant and the Lakers in the fourth, pulling away down the stretch.

 

The Pacers announced on Sunday that they have fired Jim O'Brien as their coach. O'Brien, who coached the Celtics from 2001-04, has a 121-169 record under O'Brien, and missed the playoffs in each of his first three years in Indiana.

 

Celtics coach Doc Rivers has been fined $15,000 for not leaving the court in a timely manner after being ejected during a timeout in the second quarter of the Celts' loss to the Suns Friday night. According to the Boston Herald, Rivers, who received his two technical fouls from Steve Javie, was heard yelling toward the ref as the coach left the floor, "It's not about you. It's about the game." 

 

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The Celtics will never get over Game 7.



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Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett were both ejected and the Suns handed the Celtics an 88-71 loss Friday night. Rivers was thrown out in the first half, while Garnett got the gate late in the fourth quarter, helping extend the Celtics' run of futility in back-to-back games. The ejections capped off what was their worst performance of the season as the Celtics shot just 35 percent and set season lows for points.

 

Celtics guard Paul Pierce left Thursday night's game at Portland late in the fourth quarter with a bruised right knee and is questionable for Friday's game with the Suns. According to reports, Pierce said that it started hurting in the third quarter, but he played through it until the final two minutes before heading back to the locker room. He told reporters in Portland that he hoped to play Friday, provided there was no swelling.