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Boston-Chicago: Kendrick Perkins, Ray Allen Shine In Dominating Victory

Billy DeCostaCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2008

Kendrick Perkins had 25 points, Ray Allen dropped 27 and Rajon Rondo notched 15 assists in a convincing 126-108 victory over the Bulls in the midst of a blizzard in Boston.

The win propelled the Celtics' to their 17th straight victory, giving them a 25-2 record for the season.

Once again, Boston established they are clearly the best team in the NBA.

Perk was 12 for 15 from the field while pulling down eight rebounds, just missing his fifth double-double in nine games. His 25 points established a new career high and he had scored a season-high 17 points by intermission.

Allen found some good looks, going 5-for-9 from behind the arc en route to a game-high 27 points. Kevin Garnett added 17, with Paul Pierce dropping 16 even though all the starters minus Allen were out by the fourth quarter.

Garnett passed "The Admiral," David Robinson, for 28th on the all-time scoring list with his efforts.

In this game, the Celtics' showed that the back-court and turn-around jumpers by Garnett aren't always the key to victory.

As Perkins gained confidence, the team rode his hot hand and Rondo was feeding him the ball.

Normally going unnoticed, Perk has been developing into a key piece for Boston's starting line-up. The progress he has been making over the last two years is regularly shadowed by "The Big Three" as well as the recent emergence of Rajon Rondo.

Tonight, however, he put that development on full display, establishing himself as a force down low. It just goes to show that there is more to the defending champions then just "The Big Three."

On Sunday, the Celts' face-off with the Knicks in Boston. They will have a chance to tie the franchise record streak of 18 victories against New York.

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