Minnesota at Boston

Boston edges Minnesota, wins second OT game in two days

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- Before the game against Minnesota on Sunday, somebody in the Celtics locker room posted a photo of Ricky Davis and Mark Blount, former Celtics now with the Timberwolves, embracing after Davis' shot beat Boston last month.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers wouldn't reveal who posted the bulletin-board material, but before the game said he hoped it would motivate his young team.

It did.

Delonte West scored all 31 of his points after halftime, Paul Pierce added 27 and the Boston Celtics beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-117 in double overtime for their fourth straight win.

"It's always good to beat your former teammates," said Al Jefferson, who had 20 points and 14 rebounds. "I know they were hoping to come in here and get a win -- they're still fighting for the playoffs."

Reserve Ryan Gomes had 21 points and 17 boards and Gerald Green added 16 for the Celtics, who outscored Minnesota 17-10 in the second extra period to win their second overtime game in two days. Boston beat New Jersey 96-88 in overtime Saturday.

Davis and Mark Blount returned to Boston for the first time since being traded from the Celtics to the Timberwolves as part of a seven-player deal on Jan. 26, 2006. The teams had played twice since, but both games were in Minnesota.

In the Timberwolves' 109-107 win over Boston on Feb. 11, Davis' jumper from in front of the Celtics' bench with 0.2 of a second left snapped a 107-107 tie and handed Boston the final loss of its franchise-worst 18-game losing streak. After hitting the shot, Davis posed with his arm in the air, then got a bear hug from Blount.

"There is a lot of bad blood," Pierce said. "Ricky still has bad blood for Boston. These guys felt insulted last time we played down in Minnesota, the way they handled things when they beat us."

Davis scored a season-high 35 points, while Blount added 12 points in 36 minutes before fouling out.

Kevin Garnett led Minnesota with 33 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. It was his third triple-double of the season and 19th of his career. In his first start of the year, Hudson added 26 for the Timberwolves, who have lost six of seven.

Hudson's 13 first-half points helped Minnesota take a 43-42 halftime lead despite being outrebounded 27-15.

After missing his only two field-goal attempts in the first half, West went 8-of-11 the rest of the way to set a career high for points. West, who also had 10 assists, combined for 16 points in the third and fourth quarters before scoring 15 more in the two overtimes.

After a Garnett turnaround gave Minnesota a 115-113 lead midway through the second overtime, West tied it with a 20-foot jumper. Pierce then made two free throws to put Boston up for good, and West assisted on a Jefferson three-point play with 1:05 left to extend Boston's lead to 120-115.

West then rebounded a Davis jumper and hit two more free throws with 16.1 seconds left to ice it for Boston.

"They set the tempo the first few minutes of the second overtime and that got to us," Davis said.

The Celtics trailed by as many as 10 in the third quarter, but outscored Minnesota 25-19 in the fourth. Boston was in position to win in the closing seconds of the fourth and first overtime, but Hudson and Garnett each hit late 3-pointers to tie it.

"When Garnett hit that 3, I was like 'Oh my God,"' Jefferson said. "But there was another overtime. When we got into that last overtime, we knew we had to make a run and when we do make that run hold it. That's what we did."

Notes

  • Minnesota forward Trenton Hassell left the game in the first quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not return.
  • Former Boston College star Craig Smith scored two points in his first game in Boston since being drafted by Minnesota in the second round of the 2006 draft.
  • Garnett also had a triple-double against Boston on Feb. 11.
  • Davis was fouled on a long jumper late in the first overtime and made two free throws to pull Minnesota within 105-104 late. He was angry after the game the refs didn't give him three foul shots.
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Boston's Paul Pierce, who scores 27 points, helps the Celtics to their fourth straight victory.  (Getty Images)
Boston's Paul Pierce, who scores 27 points, helps the Celtics to their fourth straight victory. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Minnesota (26-33) 202331191410117
Boston (17-42) «202226251417124
MIN:R. Davis 35 Pts
MIN:K. Garnett 13 Reb
MIN:K. Garnett 10 Ast
BOS:D. West 31 Pts
BOS:R. Gomes 17 Reb
BOS:D. West 10 Ast
Players of the Game
BostonMinnesota

D. West

K. Garnett
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
31510331310
Minnesota
R. Davis, SG5312-207-749535
K. Garnett, PF5114-284-51310133
T. Hudson, PG469-155-528526
M. Blount, C365-72-230612
T. Hassell, SF10-00-20010
R. McCants, SG320-20-02360
C. Smith, PF291-40-01042
M. Jaric, PG190-42-21152
M. James, PG151-40-01113
R. Foye, PG61-30-00002
J. Reed, SF21-10-00002
M. Madsen, CDid Not Play
B. Wright, SGDid Not Play
E. Griffin, PFDid Not Play
Totals 44-8820-23273234117
 50.0%87.0% 
Boston
P. Pierce, SG517-2110-1295327
A. Jefferson, C519-152-5142320
D. West, SG458-1312-14510231
K. Perkins, C222-51-22135
B. Scalabrine, PF170-50-02140
R. Gomes, SF527-117-8175321
G. Green, SF325-125-531216
R. Rondo, PG132-40-03214
L. Powe, PF70-20-02010
T. Ratliff, CDid Not Play
M. Olowokandi, CDid Not Play
W. Szczerbiak, SFDid Not Play
S. Telfair, PGDid Not Play
T. Allen, SGDid Not Play
A. Ray, SGDid Not Play
Totals 40-8837-46572722124
 45.5%80.4% 
Other Games
GS 106 Final
Wash 107
Chi 126 Final
Mil 121
LAL 94 Final
Pho 99
NJ 86 Final
Phi 99
Utah 108 Final
NO 94
Char 89 Final
Sea 96