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Celtics Claw Past Bobcats

The Celtics' offensive woes were overshadowed by their effort defensively, as they tore past the Charlotte Bobcats in the second half and finished with a 93-62 victory. The Celtics, now 19-4 on the season, have won 10 straight games. 

  • Neither team shot well in the first half, as Boston finished 14-36 (38.9 percent) and Charlotte shot 14-37 (37.8 percent). Nonetheless, Boston held a 42-32 edge after 24 minutes.
  • Paul Pierce (1-6) and Ray Allen (1-5) struggled mightily in the first half, but fortunately, Kevin Garnett (4-8, nine points, eight rebounds in the first half) and Glen Davis (4-5, 9 points in the first half) were able to pick up the slack. 
  • Garnett and Allen combined for a 9-0 Boston run midway through the third quarter that pushed Boston's lead to 53-37. The C's carried a 64-47 lead into the final frame. 
  • The C's blew things open halfway through the fourth quarter on a 15-2 run, largely on the shoulders of Davis, Marquis Daniels, and Nate Robinson. 
  • There were a number of highlight-worthy defensive plays, including Pierce chasing down D.J. Augustin early in the first quarter and rejecting his shot, and then disrupting a two-on-one fast break between Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace. Glen Davis drew his 27th charge of the season when Wallace barreled into him with 2:03 left in the second quarter. 
  • Semih Erden played a season-high 40 minutes, scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and blocked four shots. Overall, it was one of his finer performances of the season. Everyone like the Von Wafer - Semih alley-oop in the final minutes of the fourth?
  • The C's recorded 15 steals as a team, and had a ton of deflections on top of that. 
  • Garnett finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, Davis ended the game with 16 points and seven rebounds, and Daniels chipped in 10 points of his own (including two three-pointers). 
  • This isn't the first time the Celtics have demolished the Bobcats. Last season, Boston crushed Charlotte at home on October 28, 92-59. 

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