The Charlotte Bobcats shrugged off the ejection of top scorer Stephen Jackson and beat an undermanned Boston Celtics 94-89 on Monday. The Celtics fielded nine players due to player injuries and they felt fatigue take over in the fourth quarter.
Jackson scored 11 points before being ejected after 14 minutes of playing time. Gerald Wallace led Charlotte with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Charlotte also got offensive contributions from their reserves. Shaun Livingston added 18 points while Gerald Henderson had 15 points off the bench.
Ray Allen 24 points for the Celtics but was limited to two attempts from the three-point area. Paul Pierce 22 points while Kevin Garnett went 4 of 11 from the field for 9 points and 14 rebounds. Rajon Rondo had 10 points and 14 assists but he also had six turnovers in 43 minutes of action.
Eduardo Najera hit a crucial three-pointer with 1:57 left to give Charlotte an 89-83 lead. Pierce made two free throws with 52 seconds to put Boston within two, 89-87. The Bobcats then hit 5 of their 8 free throws in the final seconds against two of three converted free throws by Pierce.