Celtics' Big 4 trumps Heat's Big 3

Big 4 vs. Big 3
Thursday Night As Floor Unit

The Boston Celtics Big 4 of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo dominated the Heat on Thursday night. As a group they shot 32-55 (58.2%) and scored 84 points. Allen made seven 3-pointers, Garnett had 13 rebounds, and Rondo dished out 16 assists. And perhaps most importantly, as a four-man combination they completely outplayed Miami’s Big 3.

A few other notes on this game...

• Rajon Rondo now has 134 assists on the season. Elias tells us that's the second-most assists a player has ever handed out in the first nine games of the season (John Stockton had more in 1989-90). Rondo has six games this season with at least 15 assists. Every other player in the NBA has five combined.

Dwyane Wade scored a season-low eight points on 2-12 FG shooting. He's averaged 10.5 PPG on 21.4% FG shooting in two games against Boston this season. Against the rest of the league, he's averaging 27.9 PPG on 52.5% FG shooting this season.

LeBron James, one assist shy of his second straight triple-double, has now scored at least 30 points in six straight regular-season games against the Celtics. That's not even the longest streak of 30-point games he's had against Boston in his career, though. James scored at least 30 in nine straight against Boston from 2004 to 2008. According to Elias, that is tied with Wilt Chamberlain for the longest run of 30-point games against Boston in NBA history.