Celtics give total team effort in win

Celtics give total team effort in win
March 16, 2013, 11:30 pm
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BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics were without nearly 15 points with Kevin Garnett sidelined by a left strained adductor on Saturday.

Knowing it would be ideal to give Paul Pierce rest for Monday's game against the Miami Heat, the remaining players picked up the offensive burden in a 105-88 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Jason Terry led the team with 15 points off the bench in just 23 minutes. Pierce followed behind him with 14 points in the same amount of time (10 minutes below his season average).

Every player who dressed scored at least five points, and the starters scored in double digits for the first time since February 25 against the Utah Jazz.

"Everybody's pushing it ahead and everybody's just making plays," Brandon Bass (10 points) summed it up.

Many of the Celtics saw an increase in minutes against the Bobcats, which led to more opportunities to score. Courtney Lee led the C's with 33 minutes (season average 25) and Chris Wilcox played 23 (season average 13 minutes) as the Celtics were down a big.

"It's a simple game. We're out there playing hard, we're out there playing together, we're having fun," said Wilcox (six points). "It's definitely important for the bench because we've got to bring energy and it kind of takes the pressure off (Pierce and Garnett) a little. When we go out there and keep playing the way we're playing, it gives them the opportunity to rest their legs because we're going to need them down the stretch."

The newer Celtics were eager to help as well. Jordan Crawford, Terrence Williams, D.J. White, and Shavlik Randolph combined for 25 points.

"Everybody is being unselfish, looking for the next man, making it easier on offense, tough on them on D," said Crawford (eight points). "It's working out."