The Celtics are all alone in first place in the Atlantic Division for the first time this season after a 100-79 win over the Timberwolves on Friday coupled with a Sixers loss in Washington. They are now 14-5 since the All-Star break and are playing their best basketball of the season.
It was one of their most complete wins of the season as they hung with Minnesota on the boards, held them to 35 percent shooting and turned the ball over only nine times. Rajon Rondo had his 12th straight double-digit assist game with a rather incredible 17 assists and just two turnovers. Avery Bradley scored 17 points starting in place of Ray Allen, who missed his fifth straight game with a sprained ankle.
Paul Pierce added 21 points and nine rebound, while Kevin Garnett got the better of his matchup with Kevin Love, scoring 24 points on an efficient 12-for-18 shooting night. Love went for 22 and 11 rebounds, but was 5-for-18 from the floor.
The Celtics are back in action on Sunday when they host the Heat at the Garden.
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