CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Devonte Graham had 24 points and nine assists, P.J. Washington chipped in with 22 points and 12 rebounds and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Boston Celtics 125-104 on Sunday.
Terry Rozier had 21 points and 11 assists and Miles Bridges stayed hot with 20 points as the Hornets avenged a 30-point loss to the Celtics earlier this season and pulled within 1 1/2 games of Boston for the sixth spot in the East.
Walker and Brown both returned to the lineup after sitting out the Celtics’ 109-104 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.
The Hornets came out firing, hitting 10 of 12 shots to start the game, including 6 of 7 from 3-point range to build a 26-12 lead.
They never let up.
Charlotte moved the ball well and finished with a season-high 39 assists while playing aggressive defense.
Bridges beat the buzzer with a 40-foot pull-up jumper at the end of the third quarter.
Graham connected on a behind-the-back pass to Washington for a dunk and Bridges came up with a ferocious block that led to Rozier’s 3 at the other end helping extend Charlotte’s lead to 17.
After Graham knocked down an open 3 off a 4-on-1 Hornets fastbreak to push the lead to 20, Celtics coach Brad Stevens had seen enough and emptied his bench with 3:30 remaining.
The Celtics got a scare when Walker ran to the locker room midway though the second quarter after appearing to injure his left hip as he came to a jump stop while closing out on a corner 3 by Rozier.
Walker ran straight to the locker room, but returned later in the quarter.
Celtics: Were outscored 46-36 in the paint.
Hornets: Starters were a combined 12 of 18 from 3-point range in the first half. … Hornets had 22 assists on 24 baskets in the first half. … Shot 48.8% from 3-point range (21 of 43). … Cody Martin had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Celtics: Host Thunder on Tuesday night.
Hornets: Host Bucks on Tuesday night.
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