All-Star 2011: Quiet night for C's

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Boston's All-Star quartet prepares to check into Sunday's game.LOS ANGELES -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers followed through on his promise, subbing in his four Boston reserves at the same time midway through the first quarter during Sunday's 60th annual All-Star game.

Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, and Kevin Garnett all hit the floor with 6:37 to play and the East trailing, 17-10. Orlando's Dwight Howard stayed on the floor with the group for the first series and Miami's Chris Bosh subbed in for him at the next timeout.

The performance of the four Celtics was otherwise forgettable. The quartet combined for 28 points on 11-of-23 shooting and were a combined minus-21 overall. Boston's contingent watched much of the final eight minutes from the bench, before Ray Allen got a late-game insertion (and made a 3-pointer to make it a one score game).

The West topped the East, 148-143.

Allen finished with a Boston-best 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting over 17 minutes. Rajon Rondo kicked in six points and eight assists over a Boston-high 21 minutes. Garnett logged a mere 7:32 of action, while Pierce kicked in six points over 11 minutes.


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Kevin Garnett makes his way down the stage before Sunday's game.After Lenny Kravitz opened a three-song medley with the 1993 hit, "Are You Gonna Go My Way," the Eastern Conference reserves were announced with Boston's quartet drawing a mixed reaction from the Los Angeles crowd. As expected, Pierce drew the loudest set of boos from the pro-Lakers crowd (followed by Garnett, Rondo, and Allen).

Before Sunday's game, the Celtics traveled the "magenta" carpet together. Then posed in their blue All-Star jerseys for NBA cameras.