Boston Celtics

Celtics make easy work of shorthanded Hornets


Jayson Tatum had 22 points to lead Boston and Jaylen Brown and Evan Fournier added 17 apiece.


The Hornets, who entered the game alone in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, were considerably shorthanded, missing starters Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball, as well as key reserve Malik Monk.


Charlotte entered the night in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, but it certainly feels like a considerable stumble is coming.


After drilling six consecutive 3-pointers in Boston’s win over the Rockets on Friday, Fournier connected on all three of his first-half attempts from beyond the arc —including a 4-point play — giving him nine in a row.


It had to be an encouraging sign for the Celtics that they took a 58-43 lead to the break despite the fact that Kemba Walker and Tatum combined to go 0 for 12 from beyond the arc.


The Celtics were 8 for 14 in the third, including a buzzer-beating attempt by Tatum, and it took a 98-70 lead into the fourth that put Stevens in position to rest his starters.






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