Following their difficult loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday night, the Celtics were able to bounce back. However, it wasn’t as clean of a rebound as they may have liked.
Boston got up as many as 20 points on the Charlotte Hornets in the first half, but still found themselves battling to defend a close lead late. In the end, they were able to hold on for a 120-111 win at TD Garden.
The first big run of the game was made by the Celtics, who had a 29-9 stretch late in the middle of the first quarter. Leading the charge was Jaylen Brown, who scored 20 points in the frame. In fact, he personally outscored Charlotte through the first 12 minutes, giving the Celtics a 39-19 lead after one.
Charlotte was able to chip away a bit in a low-scoring second quarter. They held the Celtics to just 19 points, and cut the Boston lead to 58-47 by halftime.
That momentum carried over for the Hornets, who quickly got within five points before Brad Stevens called an early third quarter timeout. They’d get within three, but the Celtics recovered from the stumble and went into the fourth quarter with an 88-80 lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Celtics one again found themselves clinging to a one-possession lead at times. Yet behind big moments from Brown and Jayson Tatum, they were able to fend off the Hornets’ charges and hold on for the win.
Brown led all scorers with 38 points on 13-of-23 shooting. Tatum was right behind him with 35 while shooting 12-of-23. Tristan Thompson added a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double, and Aaron Nesmith played some key mitutes off the bench, recording a career-high 15 points.
For Charlotte, Devonte’ Graham led the way with 25 points. Former Celtic Terry Rozier scored 15 points and dished out seven assists.
With the win, the Celtics snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 33-30. They currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. They’re now two games ahead of Charlotte, who sits in eighth.
The four-game homestand continues on Friday, when the Celtics host the San Antonio Spurs. That one tips off at 7:30 p.m., with pregame coverage beginning at 7:00 on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
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