LaMelo Ball, Hornets Beat Jaylen Brown, Celtics Behind Terry Rozier's 28 PointsJanuary 20, 2022
LaMelo Ball and Kelly Oubre returned to the lineup on Wednesday night, and the Charlotte Hornets profited.
That duo helped lead Charlotte to a 111-102 win over the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden, with Ball putting up a double-double, Terry Rozier torching his former team and Oubre providing 18 points off the bench.
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That continued a hot streak for the 25-20 Hornets, who have now won nine of their last 12. The Celtics (23-23) continued their up-and-down year, meanwhile, which is unlikely to quell the talk that the team needs to shake things up ahead of the Feb. 10 trade deadline.
LaMelo Ball, CHA: 15 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds
Terry Rozier, CHA: 28 points, 10 assists
Miles Bridges, CHA: 22 points, seven rebounds
Jayson Tatum, BOS: 12 points, six rebounds
Jaylen Brown, BOS: 21 points, six rebounds, six assists
Dennis Schroder, BOS: 24 points, seven rebounds, five assists
LaMelo Struggled, But Rozier and Bridges Were Ballin'
After missing one game, Ball didn't appear to quite have his shooting stroke back (5-for-15 from the field). No matter—Scary Terry and Bridges had something for the Celtics.
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It's a testament to Ball that on a night when the shot wasn't dropping consistently, he still finished a rebound shy of a triple-double.
And if you don't think Rozier enjoyed giving it to his old team, well, think again.
The Hornets remain an dangerous team, precisely because they have a number of guys who can get hot on a given night. With Ball struggling from the field on Wednesday and Gordon Hayward a non-factor (five points), Rozier and Bridges picked up the slack.
Tatum's Three-Point Woes Continue
Tatum got himself in foul trouble and struggled in general from the field, shooting just 5-of-19 in a dreadful offensive performance. But he was particularly poor from three, missing all seven of his attempts.
And that has become a trend.
Tatum remains a fantastic scorer and one of the league's elite offensive wings. But he's trended the wrong way from beyond the arc this season, coming into the game shooting a career-worst 32.3 percent from three. It's at least one reason why the Celtics continue to straddle the .500 mark.
The Hornets host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET. The Celtics host the Portland Trail Blazers that same night at 7:30 p.m. ET.