Without Kevin Garnett in the lineup, the Boston Celtics cruised to a 105-88 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats Saturday. Six Celtics scored in double figures and the team shot over 60% from three to tie the season series with the Bobcats. The Bobcats have now lost 12 of their last 13 games in addition to their league leading 28th road loss.
Different from Tuesday’s game against the Bobcats, the Celtics had Paul Pierce in the lineup. Pierce had 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds in 23 minutes. Jason Terry led the Celtics in scoring with 15 off the bench. With their win the Celtics have forced a three-way tie for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference with the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks. If the season ended today, the Celtics would claim the sixth seed.
The Bobcats shot 45% from the field and 35% from three. Newcomer Jannero Pargo led the team in scoring with 18 points off the bench. Gerald Henderson had 16 points and Kemba Walker reached double figures with 14. While Henderson didn’t have as good a game as he has recently, his confidence and shooting touch still remained on display.
Josh McRoberts started his fourth consecutive game for the Bobcats and came close to a double double. McRoberts had 9 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. McRoberts energy level around the rim continues to be a surprising bright spot for the Bobcats. Byron Mullens played just 17 minutes off the bench in comparison to 38 minutes for McRoberts.
The game was close during the first half, but the Celtics were able to pull away in the second half thanks to their defense and sharpshooting from distance. The Bobcats couldn’t match shots and their lazy defensive habits continued to show. The Bobcats will head back to Charlotte for a Monday game against John Wall and the Washington Wizards, before another meeting with the Toronto Raptors Wednesday.