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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jonny Flynn, left, looks to pass around Boston Celtics guard Carlos Arroyo during the first half Sunday at Target Center in Minneapolis. Associated Press

Pierce leads Celtics past Wolves

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Paul Pierce had 23 points and seven rebounds, and the Boston Celtics nearly gave away another huge lead in an 85-82 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.

Kevin Garnett had 13 points, 13 rebounds and thousands of fans who turned out to cheer for the former face of the Timberwolves franchise. The Celtics led by 25 early in the second quarter, but trailed by two midway through the fourth before Pierce lifted them to the victory.

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