Boston Celtics 96, Charlotte Bobcats 86
The Celtics met the Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte tonight after a win at the Atlanta Hawks Saturday night.
In what seems to be a trend, Boston did not start well tonight. After a Jordan Crawford jumpshot for the first points in the game, Avery Bradley lost the ball out of bounds and then committed a shooting foul on Bobcats' Gerald Henderson. Bradley then committed another foul after he assisted a Brandon Bass dunk.
Bradley's foul seemed to invigorate the Cats as they went on a 11-1 run against the Celtics, putting them up 14-5, with Boston's only point coming from a technical freethrow on a defensive 3-second violation.
Boston and Charlotte exchanged shots nearing the end of the first quarter, resulting in a seven point advantage for Charlotte (21-14).
The Celtics went into the second quarter shooting, accompanied by sufficient defense, resulting in a 20-2 Boston run, resulting in a 10-point lead for the (C's 33-23). Boston's run ended with an Al Jefferson jumpshot, which sparked an 8-2 run of their own for Charlotte, ended by back-to-back 3-pointers from Crawford.
Charlotte missed their last three shots and headed into halftime with a nine point lead for Boston (47-38).
Boston and Charlotte exchanged shots for the entirety of the third quarter. Although Charlotte outscored Boston by seven points in the third quarter (28-21), the Celtics preserved their lead and headed to the fourth quarter with a two point lead (68-66).
The Celtics went on a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter, with four of the nine points coming from Kris Humpries.
After a bit of foul trouble for the Celtics, they went on yet another run. (8-3)
Nearing the end of the fourth quarter, Bobcats' Kemba Walker was fouled by Gerald Wallace and again by Jordan Crawford. Walkers four freethrows and his layup that followed were the final points for Charlotte while Jordan Crawford scored Boston's last six points, all resulting from freethrows.
Tonight's game was a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats with a final score of 96-86. Jordan Crawford and Gerald Wallace were the point leaders for Boston, Crawford with 21 points and Wallace with 17 while Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson led Charlotte, Walker with 28 points and Henderson with 20 points. The Celtics head back to Boston on a two-game win streak to face the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night.