Notebook: Celtics 105, Bobcats 88



Posted Mar 16, 2013 11:54 PM

By Brian Robb, For NBA.com

THE FACTS: Paul Pierce had 14 points, six rebounds, and eight assists, as the Boston Celtics pulled away from the Charlotte Bobcats after halftime to cruise to a 105-88 win Saturday. Jason Terry added a team-high 15 points for the shorthanded Celtics (36-290, who played without Kevin Garnett (adductor) for just the second time all season. The hosts overcame Garnett's absence to earn their 11th straight win at the TD Garden and avenge a blowout loss to the lowly Bobcats (14-52) on Tuesday. Jannero Pargo had a game-high 18 points off the bench for the Charlotte in the defeat.

QUOTABLE: "They whooped us back at their place, so we wanted to come out, be aggressive and send a message"

--Jeff Green on the Celtics responding after losing to Charlotte by 26 on Tuesday

THE STAT: The Celtics shot 64.7 percent in the third quarter (11-for-17), including hitting all four shots from 3-point range. The outburst allowed them to outscore Charlotte 33-22 in the frame.

TURNING POINT: Boston's reserves kicked off the start of the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run, which gave the Celtics a 26-point lead just two minutes into the period. The hot start effectively put the game out of reach.

QUOTABLE II: "He has a calm disposition. He doesn't get too high or too low. And that's been his career. He's just a salty-dog warrior."

--Mike Dunlap on Pierce

HOT: Terry -- Boston's sixth man was perfect from the field in the second half, hitting all four of his field goal attempts, including two from beyond the arc for 12 points.

NOT: Ben Gordon -- The shooting guard could not find his rhythm off the Bobcats bench, missing 7 of his 11 shots on the night. It was the seventh consecutive game Gordon shot 40 percent or less from the field.

GOOD MOVE: Boston coach Doc Rivers elected to give Shavlik Randolph some extended minutes off the bench in the frontcourt and the move paid immediate dividends. Randolph finished with a team-high eight rebounds in just 15 minutes of action.

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Courtney Lee -- The first-year Celtic is beginning to hit his stride in the month of March, and did a little bit of everything Saturday night for the hosts. Lee went 5-for-7 from the field, while adding five rebounds, four assists and a career-high three blocks in 32 minutes.

QUOTABLE III: "I thought we played great. The defense was really good, cut off a lot of dribble penetration. I thought we did just a terrific job on the boards. They crushed us there. So the three areas we were concerned with were transition, I thought we did well, dribble penetration, and rebounding."

-- Doc Rivers

ROOKIE WATCH: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist -- It was another underwhelming performance for the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Kidd-Gilchrist scored six points and grabbed a pair of rebounds in 24 minutes.

NOTABLE: Rivers was uncertain whether Garnett would be able to play against the Heat in the Celtics' next game Monday night. The team announced Garnett had a adductor strain in his left leg and is day-to-day. "If he's healthy, he'll play. If he's not he won't," Rivers said after the game. ... The Celtics and Bobcats split the season series at 2-2. ... Charlotte has lost seven consecutive road games. All 11 active players on the Celtics scored five or more points.

UP NEXT: For Charlotte, Monday vs. Washington, Wednesday vs. Toronto, Friday vs. Detroit. For Boston, Monday vs. Miami, Wednesday @ New Orleans, Friday @ Dallas.