NBA Game Summary - Boston at Charlotte
(Saturday, November 24th)
Final Score: Boston 96, Charlotte 95
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Ray Allen nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer after the Celtics stole the inbounds pass in the final seconds, as Boston escaped with a dramatic 96-95 win over the injury-riddled Charlotte Bobcats.
Boston continued its amazing start to the season, moving to 11-1, and beat the Bobcats despite a few missed shots in the final two minutes.
Down 95-93, Paul Pierce had a chance to give Boston the lead, but he missed a three-pointer. The Bobcats were then whistled for a 24-second violation off a scramble under the basket.
That gave the Celtics the ball back with 16.6 seconds left, but Pierce's foul line jumper hit the rim and Raymond Felton came up with the rebound for Charlotte and was fouled with 4.7 seconds left.
The Bobcats weren't in the bonus though and were forced to inbound. Jason Richardson's pass attempt to Jeff McInnis was knocked away by Eddie House into the hands of Pierce, who fired to Allen at the top of the circle for the successful three at the buzzer.
"At the minute he (House) touched the ball, it was almost like everything went into slow motion," Allen said. "It was like the whole play was in slow motion. I saw Paul jump up and catch it, then the ball just came in the air in slow motion. The rest is history."
It was a rare make for Allen, who ended 4-of-15 from the field.
"We had them the whole game," Richardson said. "It was a stupid turnover on my behalf. I lost this game for my teammates."
Pierce and Kevin Garnett each had 23 points for the Celtics, who also got 14 apiece from James Posey and Allen. Garnett also had 11 rebounds and Pierce seven assists.
Richardson posted 25 points and nine boards for the Bobcats, who dropped their third in a row. They played without forward Gerald Wallace (calf) and center Ryan Hollins (shoulder). An MRI taken on Wallace was negative.
The teams were even at 23 after the opening quarter and the Bobcats led by as many as nine in the second before settling for a 53-48 edge at the half. The Celtics came back with the final five points of the third to forge a 76-75 advantage going into the fourth.
Emeka Okafor had 15 points and nine rebounds and Felton had 18 points for the Bobcats, who also got 11 points and nine boards from Jared Dudley.
11/24 22:35:08 ET