The Sacramento Kings made it a game, darnit, but the Boston Celtics survived at ARCO Arena 95-90 on Tuesday. Ray Allen scored 22 points on 9-15 shooting, and hit 4-7 three-pointers to move to within nine of Reggie Miller atop the career leaderboard for makes.
The Kings had just beat the L.A. Lakers and New Orleans Hornets back-to-back, and had a (rare) packed house for the C's. Sacramento stayed tight with the reigning Eastern Conference champs for the entire game, with Boston's lead never reaching more than 10 points. The Kings led for much of the second and third quarters; Sacramento dominated the second period 34-18, with reserve Donte Greene scoring an unexpected 13. But the C's turned it around by the midpoint of the third, and won that quarter 29-17, then held off the Kings' charge late.
DeMarcus Cousins had his third straight 20-point game, and got his points on 7-14 shooting while adding six rebounds. He thoroughly outplayed Shaquille O'Neal, who scored just three points in 15 minutes. Tyreke Evans scored 20 too, but he and Beno Udrih were shredded by Allen and Rajon Rondo (17 points, 10 rebounds).