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Crawford, Celtics ease past Bobcats


Jordan Crawford led the way with 21 points as the visiting Boston Celtics got some revenge on the Charlotte Bobcats with a 96-86 win Monday.

Gerald Wallace added a season-high 17 points off the bench and Brandon Bass scored 16 for the Celtics (6-10), who had a four-game winnings streak snapped by the Bobcats at home earlier in the month. Jeff Green chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds for Boston.

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Kemba Walker collected 28 points, six rebounds and five assists for Charlotte, which dropped back below .500 at 7-8. Gerald Henderson scored 20 points and Al Jefferson had 14.The Celtics took a 47-38 lead into the half and were up by 10 early in the third quarter when the Bobcats started to make a push, using an 11-2 run to pull within a basket with 5:22 left in the period. Walker's jumper tied it at 64 but Boston managed to take a 68-66 lead into the fourth.The Celtics began the fourth quarter with a 9-0 burst to grab their largest lead of the second half. Charlotte turned a clear path foul into four points to draw within 80-73 with just over seven minutes and got it down to six in the final minute before Boston closed it at the line.

NOTES: Celtics PG Rajon Rondo (knee surgery) is reportedly participating in limited practice drills with the team. ... Boston rookie PG Phil Pressey handed out a season-high eight assists. ... Charlotte committed 17 turnovers, leading to 17 points for the Celtics. ... The Celtics were coming off a 94-87 win at Atlanta on Saturday night that snapped a six-game losing streak. ... Celtics C Kelly Olynyk will miss about two weeks with a sprained right ankle. ... The Bobcats came into the game ranked third in the NBA in scoring defense, yielding just 91.6 ppg.
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