NBA Game 5 TD Garden – Mavericks at Celtics 11/18/15



We head to Beantown for Game #5!

Getting There – Left work in Hartford around 3pm to drive up to Boston for the 7:30 tip. Made pretty good time and avoided traffic and parked at the Government Center parking garage (for $35!) to meet my buddy Jeff at the Haymarket subway station. I worked in Boston for a few months in spring 2013, and Jeff was my roommate. I was there for a Bruins’ finals run and the unfortunate marathon bombing, but I never attended a game at TD Garden.

Met up with Jeff at Haymarket, and we walked over to the North End for some Italian food at this place called Carmelina’s. It was good but not great and we walked from there over to the TD Center through the North End which almost feels like you are in a European country with the narrow streets and old style storefronts. The immediate area of the arena is very nice as well, standing right next to the beautiful newer I-93 bridge that was part of the Big Dig. It’s hard to imagine that an ugly elevated freeway once stood here and carved up the city.

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The Seats – Loge Baseline 17 Row 3 Seat 5, 6. 2 tickets Total $97.96 on Stubhub. Lower baseline again, these were very good seats for the price in terms of location. I have major complaints about the actual chairs though, as they were old and ratty and lacked cup holders. I understand that these are movable seats for hockey and what not, but come Boston on they were just gross. 

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The Game – Rooting slightly for the Mavs and my man Zaza Pachulia (but against fantasy opponents Wesley Matthews & Deron Williams), this was a well contested and exciting game that came down to the final seconds. The Celtics roared out at the beginning of the game led by Avery Bradley & Isaiah Thomas, taking an 18 point lead in the first quarter and looking completely dominant and the crowd was going crazy. Cool moment at the end of the first when Kelly Olynyk went against Dirk (both wearing jersey #41) and tried to copy his signature move but it didn’t go in. By halftime, Dallas had cut the lead in half and it stayed within 10 until the 4th quarter when Dallas started hitting 3’s. Suddenly, Dallas was leading by 7 with a minute or so left and it looked like it was over. Boston hit a 3 to bring it within 4, and got as close as two when Ray Felton missed two free throws setting the Celtics up on a fast break to possibly tie or take the lead. Felton recovered nicely though and stripped the ball from Thomas preventing the Celtics from even taking a shot and ending the game.

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Mavericks 106 – Celtics 102

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