Bobcats 94, Celtics 91By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Mon, Feb 11, 2013 9:50 PM EST
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ramon Sessions hit a 17-footer with 25.7 seconds remaining for the go-ahead basket, and Kemba Walker tacked on two free throws with 13 seconds left to give the Charlotte Bobcats a 94-91 victory over the weary Boston Celtics on Monday night. The Celtics, who went three overtimes to beat Denver 118-114 in Boston on Sunday, had their seven-game winning streak snapped. The Bobcats scored the last seven points of the game after the Celtics took a 91-87 lead with 2:15 remaining on a fall-away shot by Kevin Garnett. Gerald Henderson started the comeback with a 3-pointer with 1:01 remaining, cutting the Boston lead to 91-90. After the Celtics' Avery Bradley missed a shot, Sessions came back to nail a wide-open jumper for a 92-91 Charlotte lead. Boston had two chances to tie in the closing seconds, but Paul Pierce and Bradley both missed 3-point attempts. The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Bobcats (12-39). Byron Mullens led the Bobcats with 25 points and 18 rebounds. Sessions scored 19, Walker scored 18, and Henderson 16. Jeff Green led Boston (27-24) with 18 points. Garnett had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Pierce finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. The Celtics led 26-24 after one quarter and 48-42 at halftime, but the Bobcats took a 75-72 lead into the fourth quarter. NOTES: The Celtics' triple-overtime win over Denver on Sunday was the team's ninth overtime game of the season, and the fourth that has gone two or more overtimes. The Celtics are 5-4 in those nine games, including 3-1 in games that have gone two or more overtimes. ... Pierce played 54:11 against Denver, and Garnett, Terry, Green and Avery Bradley all played more than 40 minutes. ... Pierce's 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists against Denver were good for his second triple-double of the season, and also made him the oldest player in NBA history to finish with at least 20 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in a game. The 15-year veteran's birth date is Oct. 13, 1977. ... The Celtics' winning streak was preceded by a six-game losing streak, and prior to that was a six-game winning streak. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that makes the Celtics the first team in NBA history to sandwich winning streaks of six or more games around a six-game losing streak. ... Rajon Rondo missed his eighth straight game after tearing the ACL in his right knee, and Jared Sullinger missed his sixth straight following lumbar disc surgery. ... Rondo had 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds when the Celtics beat the Bobcats 100-89 on Jan. 14 in the only previous game between the teams this season. ... The teams will meet twice more, March 12 in Charlotte and March 16 at Boston. ... The Bobcats have used 11 different starting lineups this season and five of the combinations have not produced a single win. ... The Celtics will return home to face Chicago on Wednesday, and the Bobcats will play at Indiana on Wednesday.
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