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Final: Bobcats 83, Celtics 81

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  March 25, 2011 07:44 PM

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Final, Bobcats 83-81: The Celtics simply blew this game with a lack of interest, thinking the Bobcats would back down. They didn't and the Celtics suffered their worst loss of the season, dropping a game to a team missing three starters. The Celtics shot a putrid 40 percent and the bench was a combined 8 for 24 from the field. Ray Allen missed a 3 that would have won the game and Kevin Garnett missed a 20-footer at the buzzer.

Fourth quarter, 15.5, Bobcats 83-81: Paul Pierce misses a chance to go ahead with a jumper that was off and Gerald Henderson hit one of two free throws to give the Celtics a chance to tie or win. Pierce has been off tonight so perhaps Ray Allen or Kevin Garnett will get a chance.

Fourth quarter, 54.9, Celtics 81-80: Celtics finally come to life with a 6-0 run after falling behind 80-75. Kevin Garnett just gave the Celtics the lead with a 21-footer but Charlotte has the ball and the Bobcats have been executing well in the last few minutes.

Fourth quarter, 3:14, Bobcats 78-75: Well like we suggested, the Bobcats would have a chance if they made some shots and they are on a 14-0 run over the last four minutes and the Celtics look lost and stunned. D.J. Augustin has seven points during the run while the Celtics haven't scored since the 7:46 mark that gave them a 75-64 lead. It's nervous time at the Garden.

Fourth quarter, 8:57, Celtics 71-62: The Celtics just look listless at times tonight with 14 turnovers and Charlotte, if it had any of its starters, would have made a serious push to win the game. Still, the Bobcats have a chance to steal a win if the Celtics, who are shooting 44 percent, don't wake up.

End of third quarter, Celtics 66-53: The Celtics end the quarter on an 8-0 run and are a few possessions from putting this one away. They are shooting 44 percent and Rajon Rondo has 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Paul Pierce has 15 points in 21 minutes. D.J. White has 13 for Charlotte. Kwame Brown has one rebound in 30 minutes.

Third quarter, 2:47, Celtics 58-53: The Celtics continue to mess around with Charlotte and have allowed a 6-0 run to make things interesting again. They are shootign 41.7 percent and the bench is a combined 3 for 16 from the field, including 0 for 10 from Glen Davis and Delonte West.

Third quarter, 7:29, Celtics 54-43: The Celtics are playing better in the third quarter, which should be expected. But the game is still closer than it should be. Paul Pierce leads the Celtics with 15 points but just picked up his fourth foul. Ray Allen has 14 for the Celtics.

Halftime, Celtics 42-37: This game is a yawner with both teams shooting under 40 percent and the Celtics being saved by 14 free throws and Ray Allen's 14 points. D.J. White has 11 points for Charlotte.

Second quarter, 2:48, Celtics 38-31: The Celtics are 4 of 15 from the field in the quarter, have committed eight turnovers and the bench is 3 of 13 from the field. It's been a bad night offensively and the only thing saving the Celtics is Charlotte looks even more uninterested.

Second quarter, 5:46, Celtics 33-27: If you notice there isn't a lot of scoring in this game, you are completely correct. Neither team can score and the Celtics look as listless offensively as they have in recent weeks. Charlotte is playing with a "B" team because of trades and injuries. Boston is shooting 39 percent, including 0 of 8 from Delonte West and Glen Davis.

Second quarter, 8:43, Celtics 31-25: The Celtics are just having trouble offensively with six turnovers and missed opportunities against a Charlotte defense that's not exactly at full strength. Ray Allen has 11 points for Boston as does D.J. White of the Bobcats.

End of first quarter, Celtics 25-19: Boston led 22-11 with 2:58 left int he period but has allowed Charlotte to come back and regain hope. The Celtics shot 50 percent in the period, including two 3-pointers but four turnovers left a sour taste. D.J. White has nine of Charlotte's points and Gerald Henderson has four.

First quarter, 2:33, Celtics 22-11: The Charlotte Bobcats' struggles from the field continue, as they are 4 of 17 and 0 of 4 from the 3-point line. Ray Allen has carried the Celtics so far with 10 points while Rajon Rondo has six.

First quarter, 4:30, Celtics 16-6: The Celtics started off strong and have suddenly stopped but since the Bobcats are 1 of 12, it hasn't hurt them at this point. Ray Alen has eight of the Celtics' 16 points. Rajon Rondo has yet to record an assist.

First quarter, 9:30, Celtics 9-2: A team thata has had trouble starting fast is out to a rapid start. Four Celtics have scored, including Ray Allen with a 3-pointer. The Bobcats are 1 of 8 from the field.

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