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The Celtics were playing their sixth back-to-back series in November, and it didn’t matter as they continued their winning ways with a 89-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Paul Pierce led six Celtics in double figures with 19 points, as all five starters played more than 30 minutes.
Kendrick Perkins contributed 15 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocked shots in relatively balanced attack. Rajon Rondo dished out nine assists to a few other players in double figures. Ray Allen finished with 15 points, Tony Allen finished with 11 points, and Eddie House and Kevin Garnett each tallied 10 points.
The Bobcats were led primarily by Jason Richardson (22 points) and Gerald Wallace (23 points). Raymond Felton killed the Bobcats with his shooting, going for a woeful 2-15 from the field. Felton did grab seven rebounds and dish out six assists, but missing 13 shots does a lot more bad than it does good.
The Celtics next play Monday against the Magic at the TD Banknorth Garden.
Scoring 89 points was enough for the Celtics to grab the “W” against the Bobcats…but not nearly close to enough to beat the Knicks. In fact, New York scored 82 points in the first half. Chris Duhon dished out a franchise record 22 assists, and David Lee finished with 37 points and 21 rebounds. (!!!)