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BSJ Game Report: Hornets 124, Celtics 117 – A new low hits after fourth quarter collapse

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Everything you need to know about the Hornets beating the Celtics 124-117 with BSJ insight and analysis

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Celtics suffer an epic collapse in the fourth quarter: A new contender for the worst loss of the season emerged on Saturday night as the Celtics allowed the Hornets to close the game on a 30-5 run over the final eight minutes to steal a win at the Spectrum Center. Kemba Walker (36 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists) put on a show late, out-dueling an ice-cold Kyrie Irving (31 points) in the fourth quarter as the visitors fell apart and shot just 10.5 percent from the field (2-of-19) during the Hornets' run. Walker scored 18 of his 36 points in the frame as the C’s failed to get to the free throw line or get stops down the stretch while playing a Hornets team fighting for their playoff lives. Al Horford (knee), Aron Baynes (ankle) and Gordon Hayward (concussion) all did not play in the loss, while Jaylen Brown chipped in with 29 points off the bench on 10-of-13 FG.