The Boston Celtics easily dispatched the Sacramento Kings 99-81 on Wednesday night in the TD Garden.
Boston now finds itself only a game under .500 at 22-23. The Kings, on the other hand, continue to struggle, as the loss drops them to 17-30.
For all intents and purposes, this game was over by halftime. Sacramento came out of the first quarter with a 24-22 lead. That changed after the Celtics went on a 27-8 run to end the second quarter.
It was a hole the Kings couldn't dig themselves out of despite outscoring the Celtics in the third and fourth quarters.
Sacramento's loss can't be blamed on Tyreke Evans. He registered a double-double with 19 points and 11 assists.
DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas were both very poor from the floor, shooting only a combined 6-of-22 for 21 points. As a team, the Kings were dreadful offensively, making only 39.2 percent (29-of-74) of their shots.
Cousins had the worst plus/minus rating of any Kings player at minus-19. He led the team in turnovers, giving up the ball five times.
Boston, on the other hand, was very efficient on the offensive end, shooting an impressive 53.4 percent (39-of-73) from the floor.
Kevin Garnett did a little bit of everything on the court. He scored 13 points while adding five assists, nine rebounds and two blocks.
With Rajon Rondo out, it's important for the Celtics to get a total team performance. That was the case Wednesday night, as the Boston bench did very well. Jeff Green, Jason Terry and Brandon Bass each contributed 12 points.
You can read the full box score here (via ESPN.com).
Player of the Game: Paul Pierce, SF, Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce played well. He was the leading scorer for Boston with 16 points to go along with four assists and 10 boards, thus finishing with a double-double.
He had the highest plus/minus rating of anybody on the court at plus-28. It was even more impressive that Pierce's 16 points came on just 5-of-9 shooting. He shot 6-of-7 from the free-throw line.
Up Next for the Kings
Sacramento stays close to the East Coast to take on a struggling Philadelphia 76ers team Friday night. It could be a tough game, as the 76ers are trying to sneak into the playoffs.
Up Next for the Celtics
Boston welcomes in the foundering Orlando Magic. It should be a rather easy game on paper for the Celtics. The Magic have lost their last six games and have only won two of their last 10.