Celtics Suffer Ugly Loss To Hornets [VIDEO]
The Charlotte Hornets went a 31-3 run in the second quarter and cruised to a 114-100 win over the Boston Celtics Monday night at TD Garden.
The Celtics were up 28-24 at the end of the first quarter, but Boston shot just 13.6% in the second quarter while Charlotte made 57.9% of its shots. The Celtics were outscored 39-13 in that quarter and trailed 63-41 at halftime.
Boston went on a brief run in the fourth quarter but never cut its deficit to single digits.
Jeremy Lin scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the second quarter. The former Harvard star also had 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Kemba Walker scored 18 points, and Al Jefferson and Marvin Williams each scored 16 points for the Hornets.
The Celtics were led by Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley, who scored 17 points apiece.
The Celtics are now tied with the Hornets for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Boston trails No. 4 Miami by a half game.
In Boston's final regular-season game Wednesday night, they'll take on Miami at TD Garden.