Former Celtic Al Jefferson Stings His Old Team as Hornets Beat the Green

Jefferson leads Hornets to 96-87 win over Celtics


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       CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Al Jefferson had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets withstood Boston’s fourth-quarter rally and beat the Celtics 96-87 on Wednesday night.

        Kemba Walker added 18 points and Lance Stephenson had 13 for the Hornets, who led by 12 points in the third quarter and were up 87-79 with 8:05 left.

        However, the Celtics _ led by Marcus Thornton’s 13 fourth-quarter points _ pulled to 87-85 with 4:31 remaining. But Walker’s three-point play and back-to-back baskets by Jefferson pushed Charlotte’s lead to 94-85 with 1:19 left.

        Rajon Rondo had a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Celtics. Jeff Green and Thornton led Boston with 16 points each, Tyler Zeller scored 13 and Brandon Bass 10.

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