Paul Pierce destroys the Bobcats
Pierce scores 36 as Celtics beat Bobcats 102-95 -- The AP reports: Paul Pierce has put the Boston Celtics on his shoulders and carried them through some tough times—all the way into a tie for first place. With the Celtics battling a series of injuries and playing without Ray Allen, Pierce has been on a scoring tear. And he didn’t let up Monday night. Pierce scored a season-high 36 points and the Celtics held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 102-95 to move into a share of the Atlantic Division lead with the Philadelphia 76ers. Both teams are 27-22 with 17 regular-season games remaining, although the 76ers own the head-to-head tiebreaker... Pierce shot 10 of 20 from the field, made 15 of 18 free throws and added 10 rebounds and four assists. He has scored 20 or more points in five of the past six games and is averaging 22.4 points during March... Gerald Henderson had 21 points for the Bobcats (7-40), who have lost six of their past seven and remain the only team in the NBA with fewer than 10 wins. Charlotte’s bench outscored the Celtics 59-9, led by 18 points from Byron Mullens and 16 from Derrick Brown.