Bobcats 59, Celtics 92
Boston entered the second half with a solid 11-point lead thanks in large part to their outstanding defensive effort. Less than seven minutes into the third quarter, the Celtics had ballooned that lead to a whopping 30 points.
Assisted by four Charlotte turnovers, the C's went on a 21-2 run that took only 6:06 to complete. Paul Pierce scored eight straight points during that spurt by hitting back-to-back threes and slamming home a fast break dunk.
With the Celtics up by 30 points, Doc Rivers was able to pull his starters one by one and rest them for the entire fourth quarter. It was a critical run because the Celtics were in the second night of their first back-to-back of the season. Rivers didn't want his starters to play big minutes tonight, and he got his wish as a result of that third quarter push.
Stat Line of the Game
Shelden Williams made the most of his 22 minutes of playing time with aggressive offense and consistent rebounding at both ends of the court.
Box Score Nuggets
- Five Celtics finished in double-figures, compared to only one Bobcat (Gerald Wallace with 10 points).
- Boston recorded 28 assists while turning the ball over only 14 times. Charlotte, however, committed 21 turnovers and assisted on only 10 of their baskets.
- Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins were a huge part of Boston's defensive success, combining for seven blocks (four for Perk, three for KG).
- Rajon Rondo had another fantastic night running the offense, racking up 11 assists compared to only one turnover.
- Ray Allen accounted for 10 3-point attempts, the same number the entire Bobcats team took. Allen, however, made four of those attempts, while Charlotte made zero.
- The Celtics assisted on 28 of their 33 made field goals.
- Boston took 29 shots from behind the 3-point arc.
- Rasheed Wallace finished 3-of-8 shooting from the field, and all of those attempts came from behind the 3-point line.
- Charlotte shot only 31.1 percent for the game and did not score more than 18 points in any of the four quarters.
Quote of the Night
Paul Pierce on forcing the Bobcats into 21 turnovers: "When we're talking on defense -- it starts with Rondo at the top, and Kevin in the back, guys helping each other. We always stress hot hands, and when we're able to get in the passing lanes, force turnovers, get out on a break, it makes things easier when you're doing those things. When you feel like you're forcing turnovers, it just gets contagious and guys are everywhere and you just know that the guys are gonna be there. Everybody's helping one another."