A whopper; Bass has 27 points as Celts rally, win.Byline: Bill Doyle
BOSTON - After Brandon Bass Brandon Sam Bass (born April 30, 1985 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA and formerly played 2 years for the New Orleans Hornets. A 6'8", 240 lbs. played only three seconds in the fourth quarter of the Celtics' Game 4 loss in Philadelphia on Friday, instead of getting upset, he watched film of himself to see how he could get better.
That film study and his positive attitude paid off. Bass tied his career high with 27 points last night as the Celtics rallied past the Sixers, 101-85, at the TD Garden to grab a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals.
"I wasn't really frustrated," Bass said. "I trust Doc (Rivers) and his coaching ability. For me, I just stay ready and (last night) I was ready to help us."
The Celtics can wrap up the series with a victory tomorrow night in Philadelphia. If a Game 7 is necessary, it will be played Saturday at the Garden.
Bass was an unlikely star. His regular-season high this year was 22 points, and his playoff high was 15. This postseason, the 6-foot-8 forward had averaged only 10.5 points and shot just 43.3 percent, so he has spent more time in the gym practicing his shot. He also has watched a lot of film.
"I saw where I was open," Bass said. "I saw where I could be better on defense, and I think it led to me not thinking."
Bass made 9 of 13 shots and 9 of 10 free throws. He also grabbed six rebounds and blocked two shots. Last night was the first time Bass was invited to speak at a playoff press conference.
"Yeah, this is the first time for a lot of things for me," he said, "and I'm grateful. That's why you see all these beads (of sweat) on my forehead because I'm a little nervous, but I'm grateful."
Considering the stage, last night's performance had to have been the best of his career. Bass made 7 of 8 shots, including three dunks, and scored 22 points in the second half. In the third quarter, he outscored the Sixers, 18-16. That's the kind of scoring outburst you'd expect from LeBron James LeBron James (born December 30 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). or Kobe Bryant Kobe Bean Bryant (born July 23 1978, not Bass. ) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association (NBA) who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.
"He got to the basket," Sixers coach Doug Collins For the Canadian journalist see Doug Collins (journalist)
Paul Douglas Collins (born July 28, 1951 in Christopher, Illinois), better known as Doug Collins said. "He didn't depend tonight strictly on his jump shot. He made some dunks, got in the paint, and what happens is that opens up the basket for you. Now, all of a sudden that basket looks a lot bigger for that jump shot."
The only other time Bass scored 27 points was in December 2010 for Orlando. His previous playoff high was 19 for Dallas in 2008.
"I thought the biggest difference was his energy," Rivers said. "He went after rebounds. He played with a force. I thought he just let himself go."
The Sixers double-teamed and triple-teamed Paul Pierce and that left Bass open.
"You've got to pick your poison a little bit," Collins said. "Do you want to let Paul Pierce come off screens or do you want to try to stop the ball and get the ball out of his hands? We've tried to make a conscious effort with Paul."
Pierce took only seven shots, but went 9 for 9 at the foul line and scored 16 points. Pierce also helped limit Andre Iguodala to eight points on 3-of-10 shooting.
Boston outscored Philadelphia, 28-16, in the third to take a 75-66 lead, then built the advantage to as many as 20 in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics turned up their defense in the second half, limiting the Sixers to 35 points and 13 field goals on 37.1 percent shooting. The Sixers shot 54.8 percent in the first half to grab a 50-47 lead.
Kevin Garnett had 20 points and six rebounds. Rajon Rondo had 13 points and 14 assists to move past Dennis Johnson into fifth place in playoff assists among Celtics.
Ray Allen's fast-break layup capped a 10-0 run that put the Celtics on top, 63-57, with 4:57 left in the third. Bass scored the previous six points of the run on two free throws and two dunks. The Celtics hadn't led since it was 15-14 in the first quarter.
Elton Brand led the Sixers with 19 points after totaling only 17 in the first four games of the series. Lavoy Allen scored 12 off the bench.
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CUTLINE: (1) The Celtics' Rajon Rondo is double-teamed by 76ers Elton Brand, left, and Spencer Hawes on a drive during the first quarter. (2) The Celtics' Brandon Bass reaches for a rebound against 76ers Elton Brand, left, and Evan Turner during the first quarter.
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