The Boston Celtics trailed by as much as 10 points in the third quarter, dealt with Kevin Love’s 10-point, 24-rebound performance to hack out another victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.
Paul Pierce scored 23 points, 15 of them in the third quarter when Boston inched its way back from a double-digit deficit. Ray Allen hit 4 of his 5 three-points attempts to finish with 20 points. Glen Davis who has been starting at forward with Kevin Garnett sidelined by injury scored 17 points. Rajon Rondo scored 6 points and issued 16 assists for Boston.
Michael Beasley led Minnesota in scoring with 19 points. Martell Webster had 15 points off the bench. Darko Milicic had 14 points and 6 rebounds while Luke Ridnour had 13 points and 5 assists.
Minnesota had five players scoring in double digits but they just could not deliver in the clutch. Down 94-93 with ten seconds left, Luke Ridnour had the chance to score the go-ahead basket on a drive but was called for travelling.
Two free throws made by Nate Robinson extended the Celtics lead 96-93 and Beasley missed on a three-point attempt as time expired.