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Final: Bobcats 94, Celtics 89

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  February 7, 2011 07:33 PM

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Fourth quarter, 21.7 seconds, Bobcats 91-87: Gerald Henderson wouldn't let Ray Allen get an inch of breathing room along the perimeter. Paul Pierce drove to the lane and couldn't get a lay-up to go. After Rajon Rondo's foul, Nazr Mohammed's went to the line and split his free throws, giving the Bobcats a two-shot lead.

Fourth quarter, 7:53, Celtics 75-74: The Celtics are in a tight one. Shaun Livingston just hit a 15-foot jumper to pull the Bobcats within 1. Meanwhile, the Celtics have missed 6 of their first 8 shots with their starters starting the quarter on the bench. Ray Allen just re-entered the game, one 3 away from tying the all-time mark.

End of third quarter, Celtics 69-65: This is the part where the Celtics' defense slowly digests the Bobcats' offense. Charlotte missed 19 shots in the third quarter. Nineteen. They're shooting 38.3 percent.

Third quarter, 6:33, Celtics 65-57: Ray Allen knocked down his second 3 of the night, turned and walked slowly back on defense, clearly aware that he's now just one 3-pointer away from tying the record.

Third quarter, 9:05, Celtics 59-55: The second half starts with a technical foul. This time, Garnett gets the whistle for shoving Gerald Henderson on a looseball. The Celtics, however, have started the half on 9-3 burst, with Charlotte having a hard time finding good shots.

Halftime, Celtics 51, Bobcats 50: A nose-to-nose altercation led to a double-technical. A foul call led to an ejection, and in a powder keg of a game the Celtics are trailing a highly-combustible Bobcats team.

Rajon Rondo has 10 points. He started the night 4 of 5 from the floor but he's missed his last five shots. Ray Allen has a game-high 13 points. He drilled one more 3-pointer, pulling him to within two of tying Reggie Miller's all-time mark.

The Bobcats have turned it over 12 times already, but they're shooting 50 percent from the floor and they're winning the rebounding battle 23-15.

Stephen Jackson had a team-high 11 points before getting ejected. Shaun Livingston's made all four of his shots and 3 of his 4 free throws.

Second quarter, Celtics 48, Bobcats 48: The Bobcats are self-destructing, starting with Stephen Jackson, who was just tossed after getting two techs for arguing with officials over a foul on Kevin Garnett.

Second quarter, 3:25, Bobcats 44-42: Another day, another dust-up. This time it's Kendrick Perkins and Kwame Brown. Brown took foul to the face from Perkins, then got nose to nose with Perkins, earning a tech. Paul Pierce was hit for a tech trying to break things up. Paul Silas sat Brown down. Perkins got a personal foul but nothing more and is still on the floor.

Second quarter, 7:30, Celtics 36-35: All kinds of matchup issues here. Shaun Livingston (6-7) just banked one in over Nate Robinson. Rondo's guarding Gerald Henderson. Without their starters on the floor, the Celtics' lack of size shows.

Second quarter, 10:59, Celtics 29-25: Doc Rivers was close to sending Luke Harangody to the D-League but after Marquis' Daniel's injury, the Celtics are thin and Harngody's already played six minutes at power forward. He had caught four straight DNP-CD's before that.

End of first quarter, Celtics 29-25: Stephen Jackson has been a one man operation for Charlotte, scoring 11 first-quarter points, but the Celtics are shooting 60 percent.

Rondo's continuing to play aggressively taking five shots in the first and making four of them. He drew a foul on DJ Augustin with 36.6 seconds left and knocked down both free throws. He's got a team high 10 points, but has also managed to spread it around, dishing out five assists.

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