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Pierce has 14 in three quarters, Celtics beat Bobcats

  • Boston Celtics' Chris Wilcox, center left, reaches for a rebound in front of Charlotte Bobcats' Josh McRoberts (11) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Chris Wilcox, center left, reaches for a rebound in front of Charlotte Bobcats' Josh McRoberts (11) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Chris Wilcox, center left, reaches for a rebound in front of Charlotte Bobcats' Josh McRoberts (11) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Chris Wilcox, center left, reaches for a rebound in front of Charlotte Bobcats' Josh McRoberts (11) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, right, passes the ball under pressure from Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, right, passes the ball under pressure from Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) shoots over Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) shoots over Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) shoots over Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) shoots over Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Chris Wilcox, center left, reaches for a rebound in front of Charlotte Bobcats' Josh McRoberts (11) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Chris Wilcox, center left, reaches for a rebound in front of Charlotte Bobcats' Josh McRoberts (11) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, right, passes the ball under pressure from Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) shoots over Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) shoots over Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Paul Pierce had 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Boston Celtics won their 11th straight at home, beating the Charlotte Bobcats, 105-88, last night.

Avery Bradley scored 13 and Courtney Lee had 12 points and five assists as the Celtics beat the Bobcats for the first time in three meetings this season. Two of the Bobcats’ NBA-low 14 wins came against the Celtics, including a 100-74 blowout in Charlotte on Tuesday.

Kevin Garnett sat out with a strained left thigh muscle, but the Celtics had more than enough to overwhelm the Bobcats this time.

Jeff Green and Brandon Bass scored 10 apiece as all five starters were in double figures.

Jason Terry led Boston’s reserves with 15 points and Shavlik Randolph, signed earlier in the week to his second 10-day contract, had six points and a team-high eight rebounds.

All 11 players who dressed for Boston scored at least five points.

Jannero Pargo led Charlotte with 18 points. Gerald Henderson had 16 points, Kemba Walker scored 14 and Josh McRoberts pulled down 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who lost for the 12th time in 13 games. Charlotte’s only win during that stretch was Tuesday against the Celtics, when Pierce rested.

Pierce rested again yesteray, but only after 23 minutes of strong play. He also had three blocks.

Boston closed the second quarter on an 8-2 run and led 50-43 at halftime, then continued pulling away throughout the third quarter while shooting 65 percent (11 for 17).

The Celtics opened the period 7 for 9 and scored eight straight during a 12-2 run that put Boston up 70-55 on a 3-pointer by Lee. Pierce added a 3-pointer with 3:24 left, then headed to the bench with the Celtics up 75-57. He stayed right there for the remainder of the game, resting up for the Celtics’ showdown tomorrow with the streaking Miami Heat.

Boston led 83-66 after three and let the reserves open the fourth. Chris Wilcox dunked on an alley-oop and Randolph drove the baseline for a dunk, capping a 9-0 run to start the period and putting Boston ahead 92-88.

Charlotte fell behind 26-24 on Wilcox’s dunk 16 seconds into the second quarter and trailed the rest of the way.

76ers 98, Pacers 91

Spencer Hawes had 18 points and career highs with 16 rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Jrue Holiday added 27 points and 12 assists to help the Sixers win for only the third time in 15 games. While the Sixers are one of the worst road teams in the league, they are 19-17 at home.

The Sixers led by one at the end of the third quarter, then opened the fourth on a 19-4 run to put away the Pacers. Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young each contributed some lead-stretching buckets in the fourth to put all five starters in double figures.

Roy Hibbert had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers.

Wizards 127, Suns 105

Martell Webster scored a career-high 34 points and became the Washington Wizards’ first 30-point scorer this season in a victory over the Phoenix Suns.

John Wall added 17 points and 11 assists as Washington won its fourth straight at home and third straight overall while setting its season high in scoring.

Emeka Okafor added 17 points and 10 rebounds as Washington snapped a 10-game losing streak to Phoenix, dating to 2006.

Michael Beasley scored 21 points and Goran Dragic added 12 points and 11 assists as the Suns lost their fourth straight and their sixth of eight in March.

Phoenix now owns the worst record in the Western Conference, a half-game behind idle New Orleans.

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