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02/19/2012 - 10:10pm
Duke's Rivers: 'Connected' with Doc this year

Duke freshman guard Austin Rivers led his team to a 75-50 win over Boston College Sunday night while his father was coaching the Celtics in Detroit.

While Doc Rivers could not be at Conte Forum for the game, Austin said the two have taken their relationship to a new level this season. In the offseason, Doc was considering quitting the C's in part because he wanted to be a bigger presence for his son.

“Actually, it’s amazing, I was less busy in high school but my relationship with my dad wasn’t as much,” Austin said. “We talked here and there. This year my schedule’s twice as busy in college but my relationship with my dad has gone above and beyond. I talk to him like every day now.”

Added Rivers: “Our relationship is really great right now. I think we’ve connected on a different level.”

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02/19/2012 - 9:44pm
Poor second quarter dooms C's to defeat

The Celtics had a sluggish second quarter Sunday night against the Pistons and never recovered. Playing without Kevin Garnett, who missed the game because of personal reasons, Boston was outscored by 13 in the second quarter on the way to a 96-81 loss to host Detroit.

The Celtics, who have lost five of their last six games, had three players in double figures, led by Paul Pierce, who finished with 18 points. Chris Wilcox added 14 points and six rebounds in the defeat, the second time in a week Boston lost to Detroit. The Pistons got 17 points and 10 rebounds from Greg Monroe.

For more Celtics news, check out weei.com/celtics.


02/19/2012 - 9:02pm
BC no match for Rivers, Duke

It was apparent that Boston College would need to play a near-perfect game in order to beat fifth-ranked Duke Sunday night at Conte Forum. For the first five minutes, the Eagles came close to it. Hitting their first five shots, including three 3-pointers, they had a 13-7 lead at the first media timeout.

Then reality set in. While BC shot just 2-for-17 the rest of the period, Duke began to dominate.

Behind freshman guard Austin Rivers, who scored 12 of his 16 points in the first 20 minutes, the Blue Devils rolled to a 75-50 victory to regain a share of the top spot in the ACC. Duke led by nine points at the break and by as much as 28 points midway through the second half.

Seth Curry had a team-high 18 points for Duke (23-4, 10-2), which is tied with North Carolina and Florida State atop the league standings.

Ryan Anderson had 21 points and six rebounds for BC (8-19, 3-10), which is a half-game ahead of last-place Georgia Tech. Matt...

02/19/2012 - 7:16pm
Bruins shut out in Minnesota

Hockey Day in America was a day the Bruins might want to forget, as they lost their second consecutive game of a six-game road trip Sunday afternoon when they fell to the Wild, 2-0, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Boston was doomed by a pair of second period Wild goals. Chad Rau gave the Wild the first lead of the game off a wrist shot in transition 10:15 in the middle frame. Minnesota native Matt Cullen doubled the Wild lead with a power-play goal a little over five minutes later.

The Bruins put together a better effort offensively than they did in Winnipeg, but a hot goaltender spoiled their afternoon. Niklas Backstrom put together an outstanding game for the Wild in net, making 48 saves on the afternoon to shut out the Bruins. Tim Thomas stopped 27-of-29 Minnesota shots.

Boston will attempt to get back in the win column on Wednesday night when it faces off against the Blues at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

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02/19/2012 - 6:53pm
Garnett out for personal reasons

Kevin Garnett will not be in the Celtics' lineup for their game at Detroit on Sunday due to a family issue and he may not be back with the team in time for Monday's game in Dallas. This is only the second game Garnett has missed this season. The other was also against Detroit last Wednesday.

Chris Wilcox will start in his place. He's scored 37 points over the last three games and has seen his role increase with the absence of Garnett and Brandon Bass, who is out with a knee injury.

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


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