BSJ Game Report: Celtics 102, Hornets 91 — Defense holds off comeback

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Everything you need to know about the Celtics’ 102-91 win over the Hornets in quickie form.


Second-half survival: The Celtics led by as many as 20 points in the first half largely due to a sensational shooting performance early (11-of-18 from 3-point range before the break). The offense came back to earth in a hurry during the second half though (16 points in third quarter) which helped Charlotte trim the lead to just one point after three. Luckily, some strong defense and timely offense (Jayson Tatum scored 10 of his 18 points in fourth quarter) helped the Celtics to hunker down and pull away with the 11-point win in a game that was closer than the score indicates. Kyrie Irving had a team-high 21 points, while Al Horford added 20 points and 11 rebounds.