Bobcats 100, Celtics 74

The Sports Xchange
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Gerald Henderson scored a career-high 35 points, and the Charlotte Bobcats stunned the Boston Celtics for the second time in four weeks with a 100-74 victory on Tuesday night.
Henderson had 21 by halftime on a night when the Bobcats led by as many as 28. They led 49-46 at halftime, then pushed the lead out to 76-61 after three quarters and continued to build the lead throughout the fourth.
The win snapped a 10-game losing streak and moved the Bobcats to 14-50, still by far the worst record in the league. Charlotte had lost 18 of its previous 20 entering Tuesday night.
The Bobcats also beat the Celtics 94-91 at Time Warner Cable Arena on Feb. 11.
Henderson finished 11 of 19 from the field and a perfect 12 of 12 from the free-throw line. The Bobcats also got 17 points from Ben Gordon, 13 points and 10 rebounds from Josh McRoberts, and 10 points from Kemba Walker.
The Celtics played without leading scorer Paul Pierce, who was given the night off by coach Doc Rivers. They wound up paying for it.
Jeff Green moved into Pierce's starting spot and had 14 points, but Kevin Garnett was just 2 of 10 for five points and two rebounds in 20 minutes. The Celtics also got 14 points from Jordan Crawford and 10 each from Brandon Bass and Avery Bradley.
The Celtics (34-29) have lost two straight after winning their previous five.
NOTES: The teams will meet again on Saturday in Boston. ... The Celtics were starting their 17th back-to-back set of the season on Monday night, with Toronto at home to follow on Tuesday. ... When the Bobcats beat Boston last month, the Celtics were coming off a triple-overtime win over Atlanta the previous day. ... Byron Mullens had 25 points and 18 rebounds for the Bobcats in that game. He has since lost his spot in the starting lineup to Josh McRoberts. ... The Celtics' 107-102 overtime win over Atlanta last Friday marked their 11th overtime game of the season, tops in the league. They're 7-4 in overtime games. ... The Celtics are 14-6 since losing Rajon Rondo for the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. The Celtics also remain without Jared Sullinger following lumbar disc surgery. ... The Bobcats expect to miss Ramon Sessions another two weeks at least with a sprained MCL in his left knee. ... The Celtics were coming off a 91-79 loss at Oklahoma City on Sunday that snapped a five-game winning streak. ... The Bobcats' last win was Feb. 19 at Orlando. ... The Bobcats will hit the road next for a game at Toronto on Friday.

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