For the second-straight home game, the Charlotte Bobcats dug themselves a hole they couldn't climb out of. Charlotte fought back from a double-digit halftime deficit, but Boston proved to be the deeper team, picking up a 96-86 win on Monday night.
The Celtics got 39 points from their bench, including 17 from former Bobcat Gerald Wallace. Bobcats coach Steve Clifford saw that as a tipping point in his opponents favor.
"Their bench played great and that was the difference in the game," he said
Boston had five players finish with double figures, led by Jordan Crawford with 21.
Kemba Walker scored a game-high 28 points while Gerald Henderson and Al Jefferson chipped in 20 and 14 points. No other Bobcat scored more than seven.
The Bobcats got off to a fast start, jumping out to a 20-10 lead late in the first quarter and led 21-14 to start the second quarter. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, the Celtics got hot, hitting five of seven attempts in the quarter, taking a 47-38 advantage into halftime.
Charlotte (7-8) would respond in the third quarter, led by Walker and Henderson. The duo scored a combined 19 points to cut the deficit to 68-66 to start the fourth quarter.
"They played really well," Clifford said.
That was as close as the Bobcats would get, as the Celtics found their stroke in the final period to come away with the win. Clifford said his team couldn't get out of its own way.
"We shot ourselves in the foot with mistakes," he said.