NBA Game Summary - Boston at Charlotte
(Saturday, November 5th)
Final Score: Charlotte 107, Boston 105 (OT)
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Gerald Wallace scored 25 points, including the game-winning bucket in overtime, as Charlotte fought back to defeat the Boston Celtics 107-105 in its inaugural game at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.
Brevin Knight chipped in 21 points and seven assists and Emeka Okafor posted 12 points and 12 rebounds for Charlotte, which picked up its second straight win and is above .500 for the first time in franchise history.
"It felt like an NBA arena with a college crowd," said Knight of the Bobcats' new home. "The energy was crazy."
Jumaine Jones scored 11 points in the win.
Paul Pierce lead all scorers with 32 points and Ricky Davis put in 21 points for the Celtics, who have dropped two straight after winning their season opener.
"It hurts," Boston head coach Doc Rivers said. "We had the win and we gave it away. The blame falls on all of us -- players, coaches, everybody."
Davis opened up the fourth quarter with a jumper that gave Boston an 89-78 advantage. Then, with 4:57 remaining in the contest, Davis drove the baseline and slammed home a reverse dunk to put the Celtics back up by double-digits.
Charlotte would go on a 14-4 run late in the game, though, to knot the score at 103-103 in the final minute. Knight nailed a jumper to pull within two and Melvin Ely followed with a pair of free throws to tie the score with 47 seconds left.
Okafor appeared to have put Charlotte up by a pair with 14 seconds remaining on a rebound putback, but was instead called for a pushoff to send Al Jefferson to the line. Jefferson would miss both free throw attempts and Charlotte was denied on its final possession to send the game into overtime.
In the extra session, Wallace broke a 105-105 stalemate with a short shot off of the glass with 2:23 left on the clock, which turned out to be the end of the scoring. The Bobcats turned the ball over off of an inbounds play and Pierce had a chance to tie it in the final seconds, but his shot hit off of the back of the rim to give Charlotte the win.
Boston opened up a 13-4 lead early in the first quarter on a pair of free throws by Delonte West, and finished the opening stanza on a 14-7 run to claim a 32-25 advantage.
The Bobcats fought back to tie it thanks to an 8-0 run at the end of the second, but Pierce's layup with 44 seconds remaining gave Boston a 57-55 halftime edge.
The Celtics had won all four previous meetings with Charlotte...Bobcats guard Kareem Rush did not play because of a left thumb strain...This was Charlotte's first of a four-game homestand. The Bobcats will also play the Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks on the current stand...The Celtics return home for a three-game homestand starting Wednesday, where they will host Memphis, San Antonio and Houston.
11/06 01:04:13 ET