After falling behind at TD Garden on Wednesday night, the visiting New Orleans Hornets roared back in the final three quarters, going on to a 90-78 victory over the Boston Celtics.
After the Celtics took a 25-20 lead into the second quarter, the Hornets battled back to a 68-63 lead after three frames due to a distinct advantage on the glass.
The momentum continued when they outscored the Celtics in the fourth quarter, 22-15.
New Orleans out-rebounded Boston, 48-33, including racking up 11 offensive rebounds. The Hornets were able to emerge with the victory despite shooting 43.7 percent from the field (including 2-of-17 from downtown).
The visiting team was 26-of-31 from the charity stripe, while the Celtics went 6-of-16.
Player of the Game: Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, New Orleans Hornets
Al-Farouq Aminu struggled from the field (3-of-9), but he got to the free-throw line at an alarming rate (12-of-13), finishing with 18 points, nine rebounds and two steals.
The third-year forward posted a plus-minus of plus-18 in his 27 minutes on the floor and opposing small forward Paul Pierce went 5-of-16 from the floor.
Up Next for Hornets
New Orleans hosts the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. The Warriors are led by David Lee and Stephen Curry this season.
Up Next for Celtics
Boston hosts the Chicago Bulls on Friday. The Bulls are led by Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng.
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