Boston Celtics defeat Minnesota Timberwolves, 122-104

The Celtics beat the Minnesota Timberwolves as they should have but still experienced the lapses that have burned them in previous home games.

Minnesota outscored Boston 63-56 in the second half, shot nearly 55 percent and Jonny Flynn scored 16 points. Doc Rivers wanted to give the bench some extended minutes in a blowout but he had to go back to the starters when the Timberwolves cut the lead to 12.

It would have been nice for the starters to get a fourth quarter off, ...

Celtics fast out of the blocks, chop Timberwolves

The Celtics regained their winning form last night. They also rediscovered the formula for preserving themselves for the playoffs, producing their best first-half offense of the season in a 122-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Paul Pierce (29 points) set the tone, becoming the first Celtic to convert six 3-pointers without a miss in a home game.

“I told him he needs to get back to just playing on his in...