CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Gerald Wallace was at his best here. He was “Crash.” During his physical peak, he was a shutdown defender who also teamed with Stephen Jackson for a formidable scoring duo.
That was years ago and Crash’s body is beginning to betray him. Yet, Charlotte fans showed their appreciation for Wallace with a nice round of applause as he entered the game in the first quarter, and he returned the graciousness with a vintage Crash game to lead the Celtics to a 96-86 win over the Bobcats on Monday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Wallace had a season-high 17 points along with 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals as the Celtics used a 19-3 first-half run and led nearly the entire way. On a night when Jeff Green, Avery Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.