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Tatum, Walker help Celtics beat slumping Hornets 109-92

Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) aims a three-pointer as Charlotte Hornets' Cody Zeller (40) stretches to defend during the first half of an NBA baske...
Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker (8) slips by for an easy two as Charlotte Hornets' Terry Rozier (3) and Devonte' Graham (4) trail in the paint during the...
Boston Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens points the way from the sidelines against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball gam...
Charlotte Hornets' Devonte' Graham (4) tries to hold possession as he is double teamed by Boston Celtics' Brad Wanamaker, back and Daniel Theis (27), ...
Boston Celtics' Daniel Theis (27) dunks as Charlotte Hornets' P.J. Washington (25) can only watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game in C...
Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker (8) makes a move to try and shoot past Charlotte Hornets' Cody Zeller (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball gam...

Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) aims a three-pointer as Charlotte Hornets' Cody Zeller (40) stretches to defend during the first half of an NBA baske...

Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker (8) slips by for an easy two as Charlotte Hornets' Terry Rozier (3) and Devonte' Graham (4) trail in the paint during the...

Boston Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens points the way from the sidelines against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball gam...

Charlotte Hornets' Devonte' Graham (4) tries to hold possession as he is double teamed by Boston Celtics' Brad Wanamaker, back and Daniel Theis (27), ...

Boston Celtics' Daniel Theis (27) dunks as Charlotte Hornets' P.J. Washington (25) can only watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game in C...

Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker (8) makes a move to try and shoot past Charlotte Hornets' Cody Zeller (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball gam...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 24 points, Kemba Walker had 22 and Gordon Hayward added 21 as the Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 109-92 Tuesday.

Boston has won six of seven and improved to 23-8.

PJ Washington led Charlotte with 15 points, and Miles Bridges had 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Hornets have lost six straight.

Tatum hit five straight shots in the first quarter — including a trio of 3-pointers — and the Celtics overcame an early five-point deficit to lead 24-18 after the first quarter.

Hayward scored 10 points in the second quarter as Boston stretched the lead to 14 before taking a 50-43 edge into halftime.

Charlotte surged within four points late in the third quarter before the Celtics responded with a 16-6 spurt to make it 89-75 with 9:55 left. They led by at least 10 the rest of the way.

Walker, the Hornets franchise leader in scoring, was making his second appearance in Charlotte since he was sent to Boston in a sign-and-trade deal last July. Walker added four rebounds and seven assists.4Enes Kanter had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Boston.

TIP-INS

Celtics: One day after being named Eastern Conference player of the week, Jaylen Brown sat out with a sinus infection. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Brown is day-to-day. Brown averaged 27.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 62.2% from the field and 57.9% on 3-pointers in three games last week.

Hornets: Charlotte is on its longest losing streak since dropping six straight from Nov. 3-17 during the 2017-18 season.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Host Atlanta on Friday.

Hornets: Host Cleveland on Thursday.

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Updated : 2021-06-24 12:20 GMT+08:00