Final: Celtics 102, Bobcats 95

Final score, Celtics, 102-95: Paul Pierce (36 points, 10 rebounds) led the way for the Celtics as they tied Philadelphia for the Atlantic Division lead.

4th quarter, 9:06, Celtics, 87-77: Paul Pierce’s three-point play upped his point total to 30 and gave the Celtics a 10-point advantage.

End of 3d quarter, Celtics, 82-75: The Celtics stayed with the starters for nearly the entire quarter as coach Doc Rivers apparently lost faith in the second unit.

3d quarter, 6:10, Celtics, 69-58: Avery Bradley and Paul Pierce got the Celtics off to a 13-4 start over the first 3:02 of the half.

End of 1st half, Celtics, 52-50: Paul Pierce totaled 17 points in the half. But the Celtics squandered most of an 18-point advantage as the Bobcat reserves gained momentum early in the second quarter.


2d quarter, 1:30, Celtics, 50-45: Rajon Rondo’s return organized the Celtics on offense. Greg Stiemsma hit a 16-footer off a Rondo assist for a 50-42 advantage with 3:02 to go.

2d quarter, 5:36, Celtics, 40-36: The Bobcats gained momentum against the Celtics’ second unit, and maintained it as Byron Mullens hit a 3-pointer over Kevin Garnett and beat Garnett for an alley-oop dunk.

2d quarter, 9:27, Celtics, 33-25: The Bobcats started the quarter with a 10-0 rally.

End of 1st quarter, Celtics, 33-15 : The Celtics went on a 14-0 run over a 3:11 span late in the quarter. The Celtics completed their fourth successive 27-plus point first quarter dating to a 100-91 win at Milwaukee Thursday.

1st quarter, 3:37, Celtics, 25-13: Paul Pierce’s three-point play upped the lead to 12.

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