Pierce Helps Celtics Close Out WolvesPaul Pierce scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Boston Celtics to a 103-96 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Pierce scored 11 consecutive points for the Celtics to spark a 13-2 run spanning the third and fourth quarters and help the Celtics turn a seven-point deficit into a four-point lead. Boston outscored Minnesota 34-23 in the fourth quarter.
Kevin Garnett had 29 points and 13 rebounds but was held to just two points in the fourth quarter.
Wally Szczerbiak scored 22 points and Hassell had a season-high 18 for the Timberwolves, whose three-game winning streak came to a halt.
Garnett scored 13 first-quarter points and helped Minnesota end the quarter on a 14-2 run. He scored seven during that stretch, including a 35-footer at the buzzer that put the Timberwolves up 32-22.
The Timberwolves led by as many as 14 early in the second quarter but the Celtics chipped away at the lead, pulling to within seven on three occasions.