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Celtics torch hapless Bobcats


Celtics torch hapless BobcatsMaybe the Celtics will be able to get by without Glen "Big Baby" Davis after all.

After ending an 11-game losing streak in Cleveland Tuesday to start the season, the Celtics toyed with the Charlotte Bobcats, 92-59, last night at the Garden in their home opener.

Charlotte's 59 points broke the franchise record for fewest in a game by three and came within two of the fewest allowed by Boston since the shot clock was instituted for the 1953-54 season.

Davis is expected to be sidelined 6-8 weeks after breaking his right thumb in a fistfight with a friend late Sunday night and undergoing surgery Tuesday. With the way the Celtics have played without him and the anger Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck expressed with him, Davis must be wondering if he'll ever be able to break back into the lineup when he's healthy again.

Tuesday, even without Davis, the Celtics bench outscored Cleveland's, 26-10, in a 95-89 victory. Last night, Boston's starters reminded everyone that they're not bad, either. The starters scored all but seven points while the Celtics jumped out to a 67-41 lead through three quarters.

Ray Allen scored 18 points, Paul Pierce pumped in 15, Rajon Rondo collected 10 points and 11 assists, and Kevin Garnett had 10 points and seven rebounds. Kendrick Perkins came within a point of giving Boston five starters in double-figure scoring, finishing with nine points to go with his seven boards. Replacing Davis, Shelden Williams had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Gerald Wallace paced the Bobcats, who never led, with 10 points.

The Bobcats ranked last in the NBA in scoring last season, and they don't appear to be any more proficient at putting the ball in the basket this year. The Celtics , who ranked first in defensive field goal percentage last year, limited the Bobcats to 28.3 percent through three quarters and 31.1 percent overall last night. Charlotte had only two more baskets (23) than turnovers.

"We always stress high hands," Pierce said. "We're able to get out in the passing lanes, force turnovers and get out on the break. It makes things easier when you're doing those things."

"I thought it was great," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said of his team's defense. "Obviously, very active early. Tons of deflections. We keep that number, and it was as high as you can possibly get at halftime, and I thought it carried over. The last two nights, it was absolutely wonderful."

"The majority of our practices are schemes and how we're going to defend," Garnett said.

The Celtics made 11 3-pointers to Charlotte's none. Antoine Walker would have loved to play in this game.

"We're taking good 3s," Rivers said. "I'm a fan of a 3 if the ball starts from the inside and works its way out. I thought that's what we did especially in the second half. Most of them came from drives to the basket and out, and post and out. In the first half, I thought we went through that stretch where we were searching for the 3-point line."

The game was over after three quarters, but the Garden waited until 5:43 remained in the fourth to show the disco-dancing Gino on the scoreboard. Garnett had to explain to Rasheed Wallace, who made his Garden debut as a Celtic, that showing Gino is the video equivalent of lighting up a victory cigar.

"He was asking why the crowd was going crazy," Garnett said, "and I had to explain the whole Gino thing."

The Celtics used a 25-10 third quarter to stretch their lead to 67-41. Charlotte needed a Raymond Felton jumper at the buzzer to reach double figures in the quarter. Felton returned after getting 15 stitches in his lower right lip in the second quarter.

The Celtics outscored Charlottte, 21-2, to start the second half and extend their lead to 63-33. Pierce's 3-pointer capped a 15-0 spurt to open the half and make it 57-31 midway through the third.

"Our team wasn't prepared," Charlotte coach Larry Brown said, "we weren't ready to play. That's nobody's fault but the coach."


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Added: October 31, 2009

 

 
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