Boston Celtics defeat Sacramento Kings, 95-92

Struggling for over a month, the Boston Celtics entered the All-Star break last week understandingtheir current trendneeded to end quickly or their chances for an NBA title were very slim.

Although the Celtics weren't sharp in their first game back Tuesday night, the effort was good enough to hold off the Sacramento Kings in the first of four road gamesagainst Western Conference teams. Rasheed Wallace and Paul Pierce each scored 17 points, and the Celtics used a strong ...

Initially, all the talk was about setting the tone for the second half. When it was time to do the walking, the Celtics found themselves just trying fight off a young and talented Kings team that was addicted to offense - particularly small bursts of it at crucial moments.

In the end, experience won out. Moments after Jason Thompson stroked a 3 that made it 87-86, giving the Kings their first lead since the second quarter, Paul Pierce - still shining the 3-Point Contest...