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The Celtics came up just short as Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley both missed three-point shots in the final 15 seconds in their 94-91 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. The Celtics came off an exciting triple-OT win over the Denver Nuggets at the TD Garden on Sunday, and couldn’t close the deal on the back-end of a tough back-to-back
Jeff Green came off the the Celtics bench to score 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Pierce added 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the near triple-double.
The Celtics started off rather slow in the first quarter and only led 26-24 after one. In the second quarter the Bobcats tried to comeback, but the Celtics halftime lead was 48-42. Green had a team-high 11 points at the halfway mark.
In the second half, the Celtics’ defense began to falter some, especially. The Bobcats scored 33 points in the third quarter to take the 75-72 lead that. The fourth quarter looked like the Celtics would be able to pull away with a four-point lead with about 1:30 left, but a clutch three-point shot from Gerald Henderson and the game-winning jumper from Ramon Sessions put this game away for the Bobcats.
Sessions scored 19 points off the bench for the Bobcats. Byron Mullens was the games high scorer with 25 points, including 4-of-5 from distance and 18 rebounds. Kemba Walker and Henderson finished with 18 and 16 points respectively.
Kevin Garnett came alive late after starting 2-of-7 from the field and finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Jason Terry had another big game off the bench with 12 points and three big triples throughout the game.
The Celtics’ next chance to start a new win streak comes on Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls back in Boston.