Boston Celtics Cool Off Phoenix Suns

John LewisSenior Writer IMarch 26, 2008

To the chants of “MVP,” Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett put up 30 points on the hottest team in the NBA.

The Suns were no match for the league’s best defense as Phoenix scored below 100 points for the first time in two weeks.  The C's ended a two game losing streak as all five starters scored in double figures, led by Garnett's 30 and 27 from Paul Pierce.

Now it's the Suns who are on a two game slide, even though Amare Stoudemire had 32 points.  Averaging more than 20 points over the last five games, reigning MVP Steve Nash was held to just 12. 

Boston was up and down during the game but finished the fourth quarter strong with 33 points and shot 66 percent from the field.  This type of defense and shooting will help them during a playoff run that should include a trip to the finals.

The Celtics have perhaps the easiest schedule remaining and should have the opportunity to rest their starters.  After a match up against the Hornets on Friday they don't face another team over .500 until The Washington Wizards on April 9.  Then they won't face another winning team until possibly the second round of the playoffs.

Talk about luck!