Boston 96, Minnesota 93

Boxscore | Recap
Monday, January 3, 2011 7:30 PM
Location - TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Officials - #60 David Guthrie, #61 Courtney Kirkland, #15 Bennett Salvatore
Attendance - 18624

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Minnesota 25 22 26 20 93
Boston 17 26 27 26 96

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 9-26 7-8 2-18 L1
Boston 26-7 14-2 12-5 W2

Recap

Paul Pierce scored 23 points and Ray Allen added 20 as the Boston Celtics came from behind to take down the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves, 96-93, on Monday.

Glen Davis chipped in 17 points and Rajon Rondo handed out 16 assists for the Celtics, who overcame a 45-30 rebounding deficit.

Boston pulled within 87-86 when Allen hit a 3-pointer with 2:57 left and took the lead on Shaquille O’Neal’s layup 50 seconds later. Michael Beasley and Rondo traded jumpers over the next 30 seconds, leaving the Celtics up by a point with just over a minute to play.

After Kevin Love missed a 3-pointer, Davis was fouled and hit both free throws, stretching Boston’s lead to 92-89 with 1:13 to go. Beasley made a pair of jumpers around one by Rondo to pull Minnesota within 94-93 with 31 seconds remaining.

The Timberwolves had another chance to take the lead, but Luke Ridnour was called for traveling with under 10 seconds to play. Nate Robinson drained a pair of free throws, and Beasley missed a desperation 3-pointer at the horn.

Love collected 12 points and 24 rebounds and Beasley scored 19 points for Minnesota.

Top Game Performances

Minnesota   Boston
Michael Beasley 19 Scoring Paul Pierce 23
Luke Ridnour 5 Assists Rajon Rondo 16
Kevin Love 24 Rebounds Paul Pierce 6
Kevin Love 6 Free Throws Made Paul Pierce 6
Michael Beasley 1 Steals Glen Davis 1
Wesley Johnson 1 Blocks Jermaine O'Neal 4

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Minnesota 93 41.7 5-17 18-22 16 45 2 5 17
Boston 96 45.1 5-16 17-20 22 30 7 3 11

Upcoming Games

  • Boston will play their next game at home against San Antonio. The Celtics have a W/L % of .808 after a win and .714 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Charlotte. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .222 after a win and .269 after a loss.
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