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Celtics look to bounce back against Hornets

According to STATS
According to STATS

Boston Celtics at Charlotte Hornets

  1. One day posting a season high in points in a 123-116 overtime win over the Raptors, the Celtics scored a season low in a 98-86 loss to the Jazz. Boston shot 15.2 percent on three-pointers (5/33), its worst single-game mark in team history among all 203 games with 30 or more three-point attempts.
  2. Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting. It was his seventh game this season with 20 or more points and a field-goal percentage of .500 or better, tied with Stephen Curry and Kemba Walker for the most such games among guards.
  3. Jaylen Brown scored a season-low three points in the loss on 1-for-7 shooting. He is shooting 36.2 percent from the field this season, the third-lowest mark among qualifiers (minimum 3.7 FGM per team game), besting only Eric Gordon (32.6 percent) and Malik Monk (35.5 percent).
  4. The Hornets fell in overtime to the 76ers, 122-119, their second overtime loss to the Sixers in their last four games. The defeat came despite Charlotte holding an 89-84 lead in the fourth quarter, its fourth loss this season when holding a five-or-more-point lead in the fourth, tied with Utah for the most in the NBA.
  5. Kemba Walker accounted for over half of the team's points in the loss, as he set a new franchise record with 60. It is the second time in the last 25 seasons (since 1994-95) that a team has lost when a player had 60+ points, with the other coming on March 24, 2017, when Devin Booker had 70 against Boston.
  6. The Celtics have won seven in a row against the Hornets, including six in a row in Charlotte. Boston shot 62.1 percent from the field in the most recent meeting between these teams on February 28, 2018, their highest single-game field-goal percentage in the last eight seasons (since 2011-12).

CHARLOTTE -- The vaunted Boston Celtics defense gets a shot at 60-point scorer Kemba Walker in his encore performance when the defending Eastern Conference runner-up visits the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.

Walker exploded for the NBA's highest scoring game of the season in Saturday's 122-119 home loss to Philadelphia.

The 60 points included six 3-pointers, allowing him to increase his scoring average to 28.7 points and number of threes made to 58, both now within striking distance of NBA leader Stephen Curry (29.5, 62).

Nothing came easy for Walker or his teammates in three meetings with the Celtics last season, when Charlotte got swept in the season series, averaging just 94.7 points.

Walker managed to top 20 points in all three games (23, 24, 20), but it was the result of high-volume shooting (23-for-54, 43 percent) and only eight 3-pointers (8-for-22, 36 percent).

That said, the Celtics were never seeing Walker coming off a career effort, one that had the point guard gushing afterward.

"I'm still proud," he said of his franchise-record performance. "That's an unbelievable thing to do right there. I'm just mad that we lost. I'm a competitor. It would have been even better with a win."

The loss came in the opener of a tough three-game homestand for the Hornets, who still have the Indiana Pacers ahead on Wednesday night.

The Celtics, meanwhile, just completed a three-game homestand that also featured an overtime classic. They needed the extra period to take down Atlantic Division-leading Toronto 123-116 on Friday night.

Their encore performance wasn't nearly as special. They fell flat the next night in a 98-86 home loss to Utah. Kyrie Irving had 20 points for the Celtics and Jayson Tatum finished with 10, but no other Boston player scored in double figures.

The defeat left Celtics coach Brad Stevens grumbling about his team's grit.

"We have to build a tougher team mind-set than we have," he insisted to reporters after the game. "We just don't have that mind-set yet that we need."

A first visit this season to Charlotte means Hornets fans get an opportunity to see Gordon Hayward in a Celtics uniform for the first time since he joined the franchise as a free agent in the summer of 2017.

Hayward is still working his way back to top form after a gruesome leg injury in his Celtics debut last season. He has scored in double figures in three of his last five games but has a pair of seven-point efforts interspersed.

An All-Star with the Utah Jazz who averaged 21.9 points and shot 47.1 percent in his final year before the move, Hayward's numbers are down to 10.1 points and 39.9 percent this season.

The good news: He's been able to start 15 of the Celtics 16 games, averaging 26.7 minutes.

Hayward has scorched the Hornets in his career.

He began by contributing to six straight winning efforts for the Jazz over the Hornets, and has more recently gone for 36, 22, 29 and 33 points (29.5 average) in his last four head-to-heads.

The Celtics have beaten the Hornets seven straight times.

Updated November 18, 2018

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