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Glen Davis scored 16 points on 6/12 shooting as the Celtics trounced the Charlotte Bobcats, 93-62.

The Celtics had held the Bobcats to a franchise-low 59 points last season. Tonight they came close to that mark but it was the lowest amount of points the C's have allowed all season.

It wasn't the Celtics' best night on the offensive end for most of the game. However, they were able to stifle the Bobcats in a few key areas.

They out-rebounded Charlotte, 48-38 - including 11 offensive boards. While Boston's 43.7 shooting percentage was below their league-leading average of 51%, they held the Bobcats to a measly 33.8% from the field.

Shaquille O'Neal sat out his second straight game and was replaced in the starting line-up by Semih Erden, who stepped up with 10 points and 4 blocks in over 40 minutes.

Kevin Garnett scored 13 points and led all players with 11 boards. Ray Allen added 16 points and was 2/4 from 3 point range. Marquis was 4/7 and scored 10 points.

Paul Pierce made only one field goal all night yet chipped in 3 blocks and 8 points, making 6/8 free throws. Rondo failed to post double digit assists for only the third time this season and turned the ball over a game-high 6 times.

Nazr Mohammed led Charlotte scorers with 14 points on 7/11 shooting. Stephen Jackson trailed him with 13.

The Celtics came out of the half by building a 16 point lead on a 9-0 run. The Bobcats never recovered as Boston dominated the second half - outscoring them by 21 and eventually winning 93-62.

The game was sloppy at the start. The Celtics, who lead the league in shooting percentage, shot a mere 38% in the first quarter as Paul Pierce and Ray Allen went a combined 0/7. The poor shooting combined with 5 turnovers in the opening quarter helped the Bobcats jump to a 6-0 lead from the gun.

Charlotte didn't relinquish the advantage until a Big Baby jumper made the game 15-14 Boston with just under 3 minutes left in the quarter. Rajon Rondo followed it up with a 3 pointer which proved to only be the first of two for the entire half.

The offensive struggles for both sides continued in the second quarter. Just a little under halfway through, each team had only scored a mere 6 points - going through a 3 minute stretch where neither side could get a basket.

Despite the offensive woes, Boston was able to garner some rhythm and build a 10 point lead over Charlotte to close the half, 42-32.

The Celtics improve to 19-4 and win their 10th straight game. They next travel to New York to face the red-hot Knicks (winners of 7 straight) on Wednesday December 15th.

Mike Saver 12/11/2010 09:26:00 PM Edit
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9 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great all around game by the C's!
    Pierce is still in a shooting slump, but he is still helping in anyway possible.
    Semih had his best game of the season! To go along with his season high in minutes.
    Go to see them rest the 'Antiques' & Rondo :D
    Even though they dont play until next Wednesday.
    Hopefully we get to see Shaq back in action vs the Knicks (and maybe even Jermaine).

    side note: HOW ABOUT THAT 1ST QTR ALLEY OOP - RONDO TO KG! DID YOU SEE HOW HIGH KG GOT IN THE AIR! YEA, THAT KNEE IS NO LONGER AN ISSUE!

  2. 10 in a row baby. This streak is getting out of control!

  3. Conquistador says:

    Missed the game but fantastic recap.

  4. bleu says:

    Looking forward for their 11th straight win against the Knicks.

  5. tb727 says:

    Has Gerald Wallace become a corpse overnight or did he have a bad game? I used to think him and LeBron were 1 and 2 as far as top athletes in the league. DJ Augustin is HORRENDOUS. Kwame Brown is even worse. Hindsight's 20-20 but even I thought Shaq was the better choice over the summer at the time compared to Kwame. Shaq's been ever better than expected. Not sure the last time I saw a Larry Brown coached-team have their asses handed to them with no effort.

    Semih Erden is solid and Glen Davis is making a case for 6th man of the year. Can't wait til the Celts pound the Knicks on Wednesday to send them back to reality...

  6. JR says:

    We destroyed the Bobcats last season once too I believe it was the 1st week of the season. I remember KG's block on Augustin.

    Yeah Shaq has obviously been much better than Kwame, but starting to get concerned about his abundance of injuries. A man that big and at that age is bound to pull and throw things out a lot.

  7. tb727 says:

    Yeah I remember that game early last year in Boston where they scored like 57 points or something. I feel the Bobcats played hard in that game and just missed shots. The one from yesterday I feel like they just coasted.

  8. obviously you didn't read the recap lol it was 59 points

  9. JR says:

    Wow embarrassing. TB and I should be ashamed. Very ashamed. Read the recap? How about read the 2nd line?!?!?! LOL!

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