Boston and Al Horford squeak it out by beating the Kings 97-92

Well, this one started off nicely. Fortunately the Celtics were able to hold on in the end against the sub-.500 Kings, winning 97-92.

Boston had a 13-point lead in the first quarter, but the second unit let Sacramento back into the game and it was tied after one. The game remained close after that with both teams taking leads at various points of the contest. Boston was barely able to maintain its lead in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

A positive note came from Al Horford's shot count. After only shooting five times in the loss to the Pistons, Horford took 11 shots in the first half and finished with 18 shots.

For Boston, Horford had 26 points and eight rebounds to go with six blocks, Avery Bradley had 15 points and nine rebounds and Isaiah Thomas had 20 points and seven assists.

For the Kings, future Celtic DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and nine rebounds, Matt Barnes had 12 points and 16 rebounds off the bench (uh...what?) and Rudy Gay had 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Celtics play Joel Embiid and the 76ers Saturday.

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