BOSTON, Nov. 12 (Ticker) --
With a superior depth advantage, the Boston
Celtics wore down the expansion Charlotte Bobcats for their
third straight win.
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scored 19 points and Marcus Banks
added 13 off the
bench as the Celtics raced to a 91-74 victory over the Bobcats.
After scoring just one fast break point in the first quarter,
Boston outscored Charlotte on the run, 26-3, over the next three
periods to coast to the victory.
"It's something we have to work on," Bobcats guard Eddie House
said. "We've got to get better at getting out on the break and
catching the ball and getting into our offense."
House scored 10 of his 15 points in the first quarter as
Charlotte took a 22-19 advantage after 12 minutes. But Davis
combined with four reserves to draw Boston even, 41-41, at the
Ten Celtics scored in the first 24 minutes. Overall, the bench
outscored its Charlotte counterparts, 32-22.
"I think everybody's attitude on the court tonight was great,"
Davis said. "We fed off each other and the second unit, with the
young guys, really gave us energy when the starters needed a
A basket by Primoz Brezec
gave the Bobcats a 45-43 lead with
9:30 left in the third quarter before Gary Payton
of his 15 points - including seven in a row - in a 14-2 run over
the next 4 1/2 minutes to give the Celtics the lead for good.
Banks and rookie Tony Allen
made Boston's first six baskets in
the final period as the Celtics' second unit pulled away.
"It was pretty fun since we haven't been playing a lot of
minutes," said Allen, who played a season-high 17 minutes. "We
had our opportunity to go out there and show (coach Doc Rivers)
that we're a force to be reckoned with.
"We showed him that we're able to play those late stretches. I
just tried to do everything within the system. As Marcus was
getting going, he got me going. His defensive energy on one end
created my offense."
Banks scored nine points in the fourth period, allowing the
36-year-old Payton to rest down the stretch.
"I'm going to take him to dinner tonight," a laughing Payton
said. "We need that from our second unit. He played pretty good.
He was a good pupil tonight. He did all right."
"I just want to learn all of his old tricks," Banks said. "I
want to put them in my game. The thing I've learned from Gary
and the thing I tried to do tonight is be patient. Slow
everything down and let the game come to me and try to get
everyone involved. He does that so well."
The play of Banks and Allen helped offset a poor shooting night
from Paul Pierce
, who scored a season-low 10 points on 3-of-13
"Tonight, I had an off night but other guys picked me up,"
Pierce said. "When I looked at (Charlotte) on tape, I thought
they could easily be 3-0. They are a team that has nothing to
lose. They're scrappy and that's how they played."
The 17-point defeat was the biggest loss in Charlotte's first
"Collectively, I thought they played well," Bobcats coach Bernie
Bickerstaff said. "We were a little immature, too worried about
what was happening to us. They seized the opportunity to put us
away when they had us reeling. That's what a veteran team is
supposed to do."