Celtics

Final: Celtics 108, Hornets 100

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The Celtics capped their preseason schedule in style on Wednesday night, dominating the Hornets for the first three quarters on their way to a 108-100 win at Time Warner Arena. Kyrie Irving (16 points, 10 assists) led a balanced Celtic offensive attack as four starters scored in double figures, thanks to red-hot shooting from 3-point range (16-of-32). Marcus Morris looked solid in his debut for the visitors, scoring seven points off the pine, while Marcus Smart and Shane Larkin (9 points each) also were bench standouts.

The Celtics finish the exhibition season with a 4-0 record, the first undefeated preseason of the Brad Stevens era.

FIRST HALF THOUGHTS

  • Kyrie Irving started the game hot (10 points in first 3 minutes) and continued his offensive domination with the pass in his second stint with the regular starting five. The All-Star even went all out to break up a Dwight Howard alley-oop attempt. The returns continue to be promising this preseason for the newest Celtic
  • On the flip side, Guerschon Yabusele continues to struggle mightily on the offensive end, with a couple of unforced turnovers on the perimeter. He's clearly ahead of the likes of Semi Ojeleye and Daniel Theis (based on the rotations) for Brad Stevens, but that might not last for long.