NBA Analysis: Celtics Barely Get By Woeful Timberwolves

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The Boston Celtics blew a 25-point lead to the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight. Though the C's went on to win 85-82, that kind of a lapse in concentration is unacceptable especially coming off losses to the Bobcats and Grizzlies. A loss tonight would've marked Boston's first three-game losing streak in roughly a year.

Paul Pierce led the way with 23 points and seven rebounds. Though he only converted 6-16 attempts from the field and 2-8 from deep, the captain tallied 12 points down the stretch in a pivotal 4th quarter.

Kevin Garnett recorded a double-double with 13 points and 13 boards. KG also dished out five dimes, keeping the defense honest in the post. Nenad Krstic and Ray Allen added 11 apiece in the win, and Delonte West finished with eight points and five assists, filling in for an injured Rajon Rondo.

Michael Beasley finished with a game-high 28. However, B-Easy launched 28 shots on the night. Now remember why Dwyane Wade wanted a new supporting cast? The Kevin-Love less T-Wolves also got solid performances from Darko Milicic and Anthony Tolliver.

With the win, the Celts improve to 51-21, while the T-Wolves fall to 17-57. Boston returns to action tomorrow night when they travel to Indiana. Celtics-Pacers tips off at 7 p.m.