WALTHAM -- Both teams may be on extended winning streaks and both teams may have rich basketball traditions but Celtics captain Paul Pierce said Tuesday that doesn't mean the Celtics and Knicks have revived the old rivalry between the two cities.

 

"It's a rivalry? You [media] let me in on all the new stuff," Pierce said. "I didn't know we had a rivalry going."

 

Here’s the frightening thing for the rest of the NBA: The Celtics played one of their worst offensive games of the season, without their top three centers and still won by 31 points on the road.



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It wasn't pretty, but the Celtics won their 10th straight game with a 93-62 victory in Charlotte over the Bobcats Saturday night. The Celtics shot just 43 percent, but they held the Bobcats to 33 percent and forced 21 turnovers. The Bobcats scored 32 points in the first half and just 0 in the second half.

Shaquille O'Neal will not play for the Celtics against the Bobcats Saturday night in Charlotte, Doc Rivers told reporters after the team's shootaround. Rookie Semih Erden will start in his place. Rivers is hopeful that Shaq will be able to play in the Celtics next game, which is Wednesday night in New York.

 

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Rajon Rondo fed Kevin Garnett for an alley-oop layup with 1.4 second remaining, and Garnett stole the ensuing pass to give the Celtics their ninth straight win -- a 102-101 victory over the 76ers in Philadelphia.

 

It’s so simple, really. The Celtics starting five is very good at what they do, maybe better than everyone else, or at least as good as any other combination in the league.



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Kevin Garnett approached Nuggets coach and cancer survivor George Karl following Wednesday's game at TD Garden and told him that he meant no offense in the wake of his comments about Charlie Villanueva on Nov. 2 in Detroit. After the Celtics beat the Pistons, Villaneuva, who is bald, accused Garnett of calling him someone who "looked like a cancer patient" during the game.

 

Ray Allen scored 18 of his game-high 28 points in the first half and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each added 17 as the Celtics won their eighth straight with a 105-89 win over the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night at TD Garden. Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony did not play due to inflammation in his right knee. 

 

Carmelo Anthony was originally listed in the Nuggets' starting lineup for their game against the Celtics Wednesday, but he will be a late scratch because of a sore right knee. Anthony leads the Nuggets in scoring and rebounding. He had played in every game until this one. Gary Forbes, the 25-year-old rookie from UMass should see significantly more playing time.

 

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The Celtics got some good news from their walking wounded as Rajon Rondo (hamstring), Shaquille O'Neal (shin) and Glen Davis (fever) will all play tonight against the Nuggets. Doc Rivers kept Davis at home the last few days rather than be around the team after he ran a fever that went into the triple digits. "I don't know how many minutes he can play," Rivers said. "He hasn't done anything since the game on Sunday."