Led by a scoring surge from Paul Pierce and a renewed effort on defense, the Boston Celtics are healthy and looking again like one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference.
Pierce will try to move into second place on the franchise's all-time scoring list when the Celtics welcome the lowly Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. on SportSouth.
After a slow start and being hampered by injuries, Boston (13-10) has won four straight and eight of nine, including 98-80 over Memphis on Sunday.
Kevin Garnett matched his season high with 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Rajon Rondo, playing his second game after missing eight with a wrist injury, tied a season best with 14 assists.
The Celtics' turnaround is unsurprising to Pierce, who missed the first three games with a bruised heel.
"I think a lot of it has to do with us getting healthy," he said. "We were just a rusty group at the beginning of the year. ... We probably used those first eight to 10 games as a tu...