Celtics explode in second half on way to blowout win: A back-and-forth shootout in the first half came to a halt quickly after intermission as the Celtics erupted with arguably one of their best halves of basketball all season. The hosts pushed a four-point halftime lead all the way up to 35 midway through the fourth quarter behind terrific shooting, balanced scoring and disruptive defense against a Hornets team that didn’t what hit them. Terry Rozier (17 points, season-high 10 assists) filled in admirably for an injured Kyrie Irving (sore hip) while Jaylen Brown (team-high 24 points, season-high 10 rebounds) and Jayson Tatum (20 points) led six different Celtics that scored in double figures.
Boston has now won 12 of its last 13 games at home with the victory and pulled within one game of the No. 4 spot in the East.