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Rivers sees improving Celtics

9 December 2012 15:39

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers hailed his side's shooting and defence after their 92-78 win over Philadelphia in the NBA on Saturday.

Despite Rajon Rondo - who posted a triple-double on Friday - failing to back up his heroics with just seven points, veterans Kevin Garnett (19 points) and Paul Pierce (13 points, nine assists) led Boston to victory.

"We shot the ball (well)," Rivers said after the match.

"(If) you shoot 53 percent and you hold a team to 39 percent, you're going to win the game. Our shooting and our ball movement was absolutely wonderful.

"But our defence was why we won. Going zone and man and going back and forth was good for us, and again, when you play defence like that, you usually win games."

After winning five of their first seven games of the season, Boston - who have won 11 of their 20 matches so far - have struggled for consistency.

Rivers feels that putting together regular wins will come with time and that his side are improving.

"We can't string a streak on wins together yet, but you can feel us playing better," he said.

"You feel like it's coming, it just that nothing's happened. We're treading water, but I like our tread. I like where we're going."

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