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Sunday, March 20, 2011
Something in reserve

By Chris Forsberg

Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe Boston starters don't mind when the reserves thrive.
When the Celtics' reserves outscored the starters during Friday's thrashing in Houston, it was the first time in more than a year that the bench has outproduced the first unit (no small feat considering all the injuries Boston has endured in recent seasons).

While it happened Friday in part because the Big Four of Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen had one of their lowest combined output of the Big Three era (33 total points), it's the new 1-2 punch of Glen Davis and Jeff Green off the pine (mix in Delonte West and you may even have a bench Big Three) that's helping Boston's bench output.

We have a story on the Boston bench that will be posted on ESPN Boston later on Sunday, but for now, courtesy of ESPN researchers, here's a look at the last five games in which the Celtics' reserves have outscored the starters (with date, totals for each unit, and result):