March 26, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) drives past Charlotte Bobcats forward Corey Maggette (50) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

Celtics 102, Bobcats 95: Paul Pierce Powers Boston Past Charlotte

Paul Pierce scored a season-high 36 points as the Boston Celtics kept on rolling, defeating the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, 102-95, on Monday night. Boston is now tied with the Philadelphia 76ers for first place in the East's Atlantic Division.

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First Thing's First: Celtics Back On Top, But Still Have Ways To Go

Back where they belong, the Boston Celtics are finally tied atop the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference with the 76ers. But there's still a ways to go in the season, and a handful of tough and talented opponents.

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Celtics Vs. Bobcats Final Score: Boston Holds On For 102-95 Win

The Boston Celtics led by 18 points going into the second quarter, but a rally by the Charlotte Bobcats gave Boston just a two-point lead going into intermission. Still, despite the shaky second quarter the Celtics never relinquished the lead at any point since midway through the first quarter on their way to a 102-95 win Monday night.

The Celtics got just nine points from their bench, but their starters were more than effective enough for the night. Paul Pierce led the way with 36 points for his second 30-plus performance in a row. He also led all players with 10 rebounds. Rajon Rondo was nearly on pace for another triple-double at halftime, but couldn't ultimately fell well short of pulling off the feat. He still had a nice night with 13 assists and six rebounds to go with seven points.

The Bobcats, meanwhile, got 59 points off their bench, led by Byron Mullens and Derrick Brown with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Gerald Henderson also continues to play well for Charlotte. He led the team with 21 points on 9-for-14 shooting from the floor.

Both teams made 33 field goals, and the rebounding and turnover battles were relatively tight. The Celtics held a 37-33 advantage on the boards and gave the ball up nine times compared to 11 for the Bobcats. The biggest difference on the night was the free throw line, where Boston went 34-for-45 compared to 25-for-35 for Charlotte.


Final - 3.26.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Boston Celtics 33 19 30 20 102
Charlotte Bobcats 15 35 25 20 95

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Celtics Vs. Bobcats Halftime Score: Boston Up 52-50 On The Road

The Boston Celtics lead the Charlotte Bobcats, 52-50, at halftime on Monday night. Paul Pierce leads all scorers with 17 points.

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