With a great first period, Celtics crush the Hornets


Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum throws the ball long for a score over Charlotte Hornets forward Jalen McDaniels in a game Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Steven Senne/AP

BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 35 points, Marcus Smart had 22 points and a career-high 15 assists and the Boston Celtics took a 27-point lead in the first quarter to beat the Boston Hornets 140-105 Monday night. Charlotte.

It was their ninth straight home win and the 13th in 14 games for the reigning Eastern Conference champions and the best record in the NBA.

Malcolm Brogdon had 21 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Derrick White had 15 points and six assists. Blake Griffin had a season-high nine points for Boston.

Jalen McDaniels scored 24 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 22 for the Hornets, who have lost 12 of 15 games.

GOOD START

The Celtics secured the victory in the first period.

They were up 19-12 when Boston made 24 of the next 28 points on six straight 3-pointers.

Tatum had 16 points in the quarter, Smart 10 points and eight assists, and Brogdon 10. Boston made 73% of their field goals, including 10 of 15 3-pointers.

Charlotte missed all of her three-point attempts in the period.

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