Byron Mullens (18 points), Derrick Brown (16 points) and the rest of the Bobcats bench did everything they could to keep their squad in the game, rallying them from an 18-point first-quarter deficit before eventually falling to Boston, 102-95, on March 26 at Time Warner Cable Arena®.
Charlotte seemed ready to match the Celtics early on, going shot-for-shot with them en route to a 13-13 tie… The Cats went ice cold at the end of the first quarter though, missing the last 11 shots they took from the field as Boston closed on a 20-2 run to take a 33-15 lead at the end of the stanza… Led by 11 points from Byron Mullens and 10 more from Derrick Brown, the Bobcats bench would not be denied in second quarter, scoring all 35 points to the Celtics 19 and cutting the lead to 52-50 heading into the locker room… Charlotte refused to go away in the second half, but Boston took control early, opening the third quarter on a 9-2 run to put the Celtics up 61-52… The Bobcats got as close as 95-91 with just over two minutes remaining, but a Paul Pierce layup and Kevin Garnett jumper sandwiched a Corey Maggette free throw in the final moments to push Boston’s lead to 99-92 and lock things up.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats played one of their best quarters of the season in the second, outscoring Boston by 16 and connecting on 15-of-23 shots from the field for an impressive 65.3 percent… The Cats bench outscored the Celtics reserves, 37-8, in the first half and 59-9 overall… Charlotte’s reserves also outscored its starters, 59-36… Paul Pierce (36 points) and Kevin Garnett (24 points) accounted for 58.8 percent of their team’s scoring in the win, while both shot 10 of 20 (50.0 percent) from the field. Pierce was 15 of 18 (83.3 percent) from the charity strip, while Garnett connected on 4-of-6 freebies (66.7 percent)
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Byron Mullens did not lead the Bobcats in scoring, but his 33 minutes off the bench proved crucial to Charlotte’s comeback. He finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots..
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Aside from Mullens, Derrick Brown also made the most of his opportunity, totaling 16 point on just six shots from the field but hitting all eight of his free-throw attempts. He also added a career-high seven assists.
CELTICS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Paul Pierce carried the load for the Celtics, finishing with 36 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"We competed and this is the way it’s going to be from here on out. I told the guys prior to the game that we have to run, we have to push the ball up and we have to finish, and we did. We had lob passes that we hadn’t had before and this is the way we’re going to play. We’re going to give ourselves a chance to win."
- Head Coach Paul Silas on tonight's game
"We wanted to buckle down. We saw the first unit in there working hard. It’s bad when the second unit comes in there and gives up a lead or gives up a close game, so we didn’t want to do that. We got down by 18, but we just buckled down and played our butts off and came back."
- Bobcats center Byron Mulles on the bench play
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