BOSTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Paul Pierce
scored 29 points and grabbed seven rebounds Sunday to lead the Boston Celtics to a 122-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Pierce was 6-for-6 from 3-point territory and Ray Allen added 20 points for Boston, which got 14 points and 11 rebounds from Kendrick Perkins and 15 points off the bench from Tony Allen.
Rajon Rondo had 15 assists and scored 13 points in the Celtics' win, during which they took command early with a 16-4 first-quarter run highlighted by Rondo's six points and a jumper by Kevin Garnett.
Minnesota's Jonny Flynn scored 21 points, while Al Jefferson finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Damien Wilkins had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Timberwolves.
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