Final score, Celtics, 94-84 : Paul Pierce moved into second place on the Celtics' all-time scoring list as the Celtics (14-10) won for the ninth time in 10 games.
Fourth quarter, 1:53, Celtics, 92-77 : Kevin Garnett departed with 3:39 remaining. But the rest of the starters remained in the game as the Celtics struggled to extend their advantage. But two dunks by Chris Wilcox and one by Brandon Bass basically clinched the result as the rest of the starters joined Garnett on the bench.
Fourth quarter, 5:44, Celtics, 82-68: Kevin Garnett's free throw extended the lead to 82-64 with 6:47 remaining. But Garnett and Mickael Pietrus misfired and the Bobcats' Kemba Walker and Derrick Brown pulled the Bobcats within 14.
Fourth quarter, 8:37, Celtics, 77-64: Paul Pierce was closing in on a possible triple-double (12 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists) as he fed Avery Bradley for a layup and Kevin Garnett for a shot-clock buzzer jumper, the Celtics taking their largest lead of the contest.
End of third quarter, Celtics, 69-62: Ray Allen, who had two points at halftime, scored 13 points in the quarter.
Third quarter, 2:49, Celtics, 65-54: Ray Allen scored nine points as the Celtics went on a 13-6 run over a 4:44 span.
Third quarter, 5:14, Celtics, 59-50: Paul Pierce received a standing ovation during a timeout. The Celtics upped their lead to 59-48 on a Ray Allen 3-pointer 5:17 into the half. But Derrick Brown retaliated and Reggie Williams was going to the foul line after the timeout with a chance to reduce the Bobcats' deficit to seven points.
Third quarter, 10:29, Celtics, 48-40: Paul Pierce's 3-pointer moved him into second place on the all-time scoring list for the Celtics, surpassing Larry Bird (21,791 points), and trailing John Havlicek (26,395).
End of first half, Celtics, 45-38: Brandon Bass' free throws with 27 seconds remaining gave the Celtics their largest lead of the half.
Second quarter, 2:14, Celtics, 39-36: Brandon Bass scored in transition to give the Celtics a three-point lead. The Celtics forced the Bobcats into two airballs (by Tyrus Thomas) and a blocked shot on consecutive possessions.
Second quarter, 5:48, Tie, 35-35: Kevin Garnett missed a layup and the Bobcats' Byron Mullens scored in transition to give the Bobcats the lead. Paul Pierce then tied the score with a jumper.
End of first quarter, Celtics 27-22: Mickael Pietrus' 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds on the clock gave the Celtics their biggest lead of the game.
First quarter, 1:31, Celtics 20-18: Brandon Bass sank a jumper and was going for a three-point play as the teams returned from a timeout.
First quarter, 5:27, Celtics 12-10: Kevin Garnett scored eight points before being replaced 5:17 into the game.