On a night that belonged to Paul Pierce, the Celtics hung on to beat the Bobcats 94-84.
As usual, for some unknown reason, the Bobcats hung on longer than usual giving the Celtics fits as they worked to put the game away. Kevin Garnett led all scorers with 22 points, KG also added 8 rebounds and continues to show off some impressive range.
Year after year, the Bobcats drive the Celtics nuts. Derrick Brown, playing 20 minutes off the bench, went 10-for-10 from the floor hitting big shot after big shot. Tommy Heinsohn summed it up best during the broadcast when he said “I’m going to pay his cab fare out of town.”
The Celtics are now riding a season-high five game winning streak. Like Tuesday night, the wins have been ugly at times. But in this 66-game condensed season, each win goes a long way.
The Celtics are winning games when it counts and need to stockpile some wins before they weather the brutal stretch of games facing them in April.
Paul Pierce moved into second place on the Celtics all-time scoring list with a three point field goal early in the third quarter. The bucket moved him past Larry Bird.
The Celtics did enough to win this game, but more effort than usual was needed. The Bobcats may be only a three-win team, but they played hard all game and made the Celtics earn their win on this cold Tuesday night in the Bay state.
Up next, the Lakers.