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12/22/2010 - 11:32pm
Pierce: Can't 'let refs get best of you'

Paul Pierce started off the night by missing his first seven shots from the field, including a pair of 3-point attempts. But that's not what caused him to admittedly lose his cool in the third quarter, when he was hit with a technical foul by referee Tony Brothers. Pierce was called for his fourth personal foul, causing him to wave his hand in disgust at Brothers. 

 

"We got frustrated," Pierce admitted. "I got a technical. I know I was frustrated tonight. Just in a game where you're trying to get rhythm and the game is off-balance and calls are being called each and every way. It's hard to get into a rhythm, so I was definitely frustrated."

 

Just 90 seconds earlier, Kevin Garnett was hit with a technical after he picked up his third foul. Two minutes later, Garnett was whistled for his fourth. Nate Robinson also had four fouls heading into the fourth. All three players managed to avoid fouling out...

12/22/2010 - 10:06pm
No harm, no foul: C's run streak to 14

Ray Allen had 22 points and Shaquille O'Neal added 13 to lift the Celtics to their 14th straight win, an 84-80 victory over the 76ers Wednesday night at TD Garden. The 14-game winning streak is the fifth best in Celtics history, trailing only the 19-game record streak of two seasons ago, an 18-game streak in 1982, a 17-gamer in 1959-60 season and a 16-game run in the 1964-65 season. 

 

The Celtics battled foul trouble all night. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Nate Robinson all had four personal fouls midway through the third quarter. Entering the fourth quarter, the Celtics had 20 fouls while the Sixers had just eight. Ironically, no foul was called on Andre Iguodala as he drove to the basket and was blocked by Garnett on a potential game-tying lay-up with 14 seconds left. Allen hit two free throws to ice the game. 

 

The frustration was apparent on the court as Garnett and Pierce were both whistled in the third...

12/22/2010 - 9:07pm
Jackson rallies Eagles past Bucknell

Reggie Jackson scored 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting and sparked a key 10-2 run in the second half as Boston College rallied past Bucknell, 84-80, Wednesday night at Conte Forum for its 10th win of the young season.

 

Joe Trapani and Josh Southern each scored 16 points while Biko Paris had 14 points and seven assists for the Eagles (10-2). Bryson Johnson scored 25 points to lead Bucknell (6-7).

 

BC continued to launch long-range shots at a record clip, hitting 12-of-30 from 3-point range. Jackson was 3-for-4. The Eagles are on pace to break records for 3-pointers attempted and made in a season. Bucknell hit an impressive 15-of-29 treys.

 

BC fell behind by 16 points midway through the first half before going on a 14-0 run that was fueled by eight points by Trapani. The Eagles trailed by three at the break, 42-39. BC went down by seven in the second half before Jackson sparked a 10-2 run with a three-point...

12/22/2010 - 7:12pm
Rivers: Rondo 'moving a lot better'

The Celtics don't expect Rajon Rondo to be active when they play Orlando on Christmas, and there is still no definitive timetable for his return from an ankle injury that had him in a boot and on crutches for a few days, but they are encouraged by his recovery. Rondo was at the team's practice on Tuesday, without the boot, and was dribbling a basketball on the side of the court. "I know he’s walking and running pretty well and moving a lot better," Doc Rivers said. "So I know he’s getting pretty close."  

 

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics
 


12/22/2010 - 6:14pm
Pedroia: Papelbon is going to be fine

Dustin Pedroia joined The Big Show for the "Laser Show" segment on Wednesday, discussing all things Red Sox. 

 

First up: The state of the bullpen. Pedroia was asked if the addition of Bobby Jenks might lead to a possible chemistry problem with incumbent closer Jonathan Papelbon.

 

"Everything is going to work fine," Pedroia said. "Pap wants to win. And when he gets the ball in the ninth inning, it's his job to make that happen. Pap, I know, is kind of a colorful guy, says a lot of things, but the biggest thing on his mind is winning. I know some people don't think so, but that's the main thing he thinks about. The toughest job in baseball is being a closer, because you go out there and give up and we lose, everyone points the finger at one guy."

 

As for what Jenks will bring to the Sox bullpen, Pedroia pointed to his own history vs. the former White Sox closer.

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