Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/8

Game 1: Wednesday, November 8th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 22nd
Game 3: Saturday, December 16th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 21st

Bobcats 108

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Celtics 110

(1-3, 1-2 home)

    Coverage: NE14

    7:30 PM ET, November 8, 2006

    TD Garden, Boston, MA

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    CHA 24 25 25 26 8108
    BOS 17 28 37 18 10110

    Top Performers

    Cha: E. Okafor 28 Pts, 18 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Bos: P. Pierce 35 Pts, 13 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    West's OT jumper gives Celtics first win on season

    BOSTON (AP) -- Paul Pierce kept Boston in the game with his scoring, but it was his pass that allowed the Celtics to earn their first victory of the season.

    Delonte West made a jumper at the overtime buzzer on a pass from Pierce to lift Boston over the Charlotte Bobcats 110-108 Wednesday night.

    Elias Says

    Wally Szczerbiak
    Wally Szczerbiak and Paul Pierce had 35 points apiece as the Celtics posted their first victory of the season with a 110-108 overtime decision over the Bobcats. No pair of Celtics had each scored at least 35 points in a game since Kevin McHale (38) and Larry Bird (35) did it in an OT win over Cleveland on Jan. 16, 1987.

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    "It was the easiest shot I had all night," said West, who had missed seven of his previous nine shots. "That was a gimme. I had to hit that."

    Pierce drove the lane with time winding down and kicked the ball to a wide-open West, who knocked down a 20-footer.

    "In past years I would have maybe taken a bad shot or tried to go through people," Pierce said. "Once I saw they collapsed on me, I needed to trust my teammates. That is what better players in this league do."

    Pierce and Wally Szczerbiak each scored 35 points and Ryan Gomes added his first career triple-double as the Celtics kept the Bobcats winless in Boston.

    Gomes had 10 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists for the Celtics.

    "I don't even think I had a triple-double at Providence, maybe in high school," Gomes said.

    Brevin Knight, who finished with 22 points, missed a jumper with 7.6 seconds left in overtime for the Bobcats, who are 0-5 in Boston.

    "When a great player makes the correct play, and another good player knocks down the shot, you tip your hat and move on," Knight said.

    Gerald Wallace tied the game at 100 with 10.5 seconds left in regulation after Sean May's shot was blocked by Theo Ratliff and on his second rebound, Wallace laid it in.

    Pierce's 18-foot jumper as regulation time expired clanked off the side of the rim.

    Emeka Okafor continued his strong comeback after playing in only 26 games last season with 28 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.

    "You can sing the whole song about how we fought, but we want the win," Okafor said. "We've done this enough times."

    Boston overcame 25 turnovers to avoid starting the season 0-4 for the first time since 1969-70.

    Pierce grabbed 13 rebounds, but had a Celtics' franchise-record 12 turnovers.

    Szczerbiak scored 20 points in the third quarter on 6-of-7 shooting, including four 3-pointers, as the Celtics outscored Charlotte 37-25 to take an 82-74 lead after three. He had 33 points in Boston's last game against Washington.

    Othella Harrington's fallaway jumper capped a 13-5 run and tied the game for Charlotte at 87 with 5:16 remaining.

    Boston trailed 24-17 after the first quarter while shooting 7-of-23 from the field with eight turnovers.

    The last four games between the Celtics and Bobcats have been decided by three points or less.

    Game notes

    Celtics forward Al Jefferson is expected to miss at least two weeks after having his appendix removed. ... Raymond Felton left the game with a strained back and did not return for the Bobcats. ... Cedric Maxwell had the previous Celtics record with 11 turnovers in 1978 when they began keeping the statistic. Szczerbiak had a career-high 22 points in a quarter in 2003... Boston used its fourth starting lineup in four games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 108 110
    FGM-FGA 33-84 (.393) 39-86 (.453)
    3PM-3PA 1-4 (.250) 7-17 (.412)
    FTM-FTA 41-52 (.788) 25-31 (.806)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-43 8-43
    Assists 19 26
    Turnovers 18 25
    Steals 11 8
    Blocks 4 4
    Fast Break Points 4 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (2/0) 36 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 9 10

    Top Performers

    Emeka Okafor Okafor
    Points: 28
    Reb: 18
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Paul Pierce Pierce
    Points: 35
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0