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The Celtics were without reserve guard Tony Allen, who injured his right ankle in Sunday's loss to New York, and again looked out of sync in a bruising game.
As Bobcats part-owner Michael Jordan sat courtside and spent much of the game barking at referee Dick Bavetta, there were angry words and blood on the court.
Charlotte's Juwan Howard picked up a flagrant foul for leveling Glen Davis early in the fourth quarter, leading Davis to play with cotton in one nostril.
Technicals were called on Boston coach Doc Rivers and Felton, after he confronted Davis following a hard foul away from the ball.
Notes: Brown said Bell would also miss Wednesday's game in Cleveland, but could return Friday in Philadelphia. ... Bobcats F Adam Morrison had 13 points in his best game in a month. ... The Bobcats made 31 of 34 free throws, with Augustin and Wallace combining to make all 20 attempts. ... Rivers reminisced before the game about playing for Brown and his complex offensive system in the 1991-92 season with the Clippers. "The attention to detail. ... It opened my eyes to a lot of stuff," said Rivers, who acknowledged he now makes the same demands on his players about spacing and setting proper screens.
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