CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Avery Bradley had 30 points and eight rebounds, and the Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 116-104 on Monday night for an important Eastern Conference victory.
Evan Turner scored 15 points, while Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart each had 14 as the Celtics won for the 10th time in their last 16 games.
Boston moved back into eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings, a few percentage points ahead of Brooklyn in the battle for the final playoff spot.
Former UConn guard Kemba Walker led a furious fourth-quarter comeback by the Hornets that fell short. He finished with 28 points and 12 assists. Gerald Henderson scored 17 points for...