Bobcats shock Celtics in Boston

Hardly anyone except for perhaps the Charlotte Bobcats' Jason Richardson could have seen this coming.

The Boston Celtics were rolling at home, and the Bobcats were miserable on the road.


Richardson had 34 points and nine rebounds, Gerald Wallace had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bobcats stunned the Celtics, 95-83, last night for Boston's fourth loss of the season.

"I'm not surprised, because we're a pretty good team," Richardson said. "It just doesn't show in our record."


And it really didn't when they played on the road. The Bobcats, who entered with an Eastern Conference-worst 1-11 road mark, also got 16 points and eight assists from Raymond Felton. But it was Richardson, who went 14-for-22 from the field, who hurt the Celtics most.

The loss ended a nine-game winning streak for Boston and spoiled its bid for the fastest start in team history to 30 wins. The 1959-60 Celtics started 30-4 before going on to win the NBA title.

Kevin Garnett led Boston with 24 points and eight rebounds. Paul Pierce scored 13 points on just 4-for-14 shooting. "We aren't going to win every game of the season," Pierce said. "We have to expect everybody's best, and it was one of Charlotte's best games."

Raptors 109, 76ers 96 -- Anthony Parker matched his season high with 22 points, Chris Bosh had 21 and host Toronto beat Philadelphia, handing the 76ers their season-high fifth straight loss.

Hawks 90, Cavaliers 81 -- Joe Johnson had 29 points to lead five Atlanta scorers in double figures for the host Hawks.

Nets 99, SuperSonics 88 -- Richard Jefferson scored 28 points and host New Jersey cruised to victory over Seattle. Jason Kidd failed to record a fourth straight triple double.

Rockets 101, Knicks 92 -- Yao Ming scored 36 points, and visiting Houston got big fourth quarters from Rafer Alston and Luis Scola for the Rockets' season-high fourth straight victory.

Lakers 109, Hornets 80 -- Kobe Bryant scored 19 points and Andrew Bynum added 17 as visiting Los Angeles won its fourth straight game.


Bucks 98, Heat 92 -- Mo Williams scored 35 and Andrew Bogut added 17 as host Milwaukee beat struggling Miami, which got 34 from Dwyane Wade.

Mavericks 102, Pistons 86 -- Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points to lead host Dallas in scoring again, and the Mavericks handed Detroit its second straight loss after an 11-game winning streak.

Suns 129, Pacers 122 -- Raja Bell scored 27 and Amare Stoudemire had 25 points as host Phoenix won in overtime.

Trail Blazers 109, Warriors 91 -- Steve Blake (Maryland) scored 24 to lead host Portland.




Days between the Timberwolves' last victory of 2007, on Dec. 21, and their first win this year, which came Tuesday night