Final: Hornets 124, Celtics 117 — C’s blow 18-point fourth quarter lead

Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports

The Celtics continue to top them themselves when it comes to ugly losses. For 40 minutes on Saturday night, they shorthanded visitors played great basketball, building an 18-point lead with eight minutes remaining behind the hot shooting of Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown and unselfish basketball on offense. From there, it all went downhill in a hurry. The Hornets closed the gap out with a 30-5 run over the final 7:43 of the game behind the hot shooting of Kemba Walker (36 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists), handing Boston perhaps their ugliest loss of the year, a 124-117 defeat.

First Half Notes