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Celtics beat Hornets for 11th win in 13 games

CHARLOTTE (AP) – Jayson Tatum had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Sam Hauser poured in 25 points on seven threes and the Boston Celtics avenged an early season loss to the Charlotte Hornets with a 118-104 victory yesterday.

Kristaps Porzingis added 20 points and Derrick White had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics, who’ve won 11 of their last 13 games.

Hauser finished seven of 11 from beyond the arc and the Celtics made 19 threes against the Hornets to avenge a 121-118 overtime loss on Nov. 20 in Charlotte when Miles Bridges hit a game-winning three with 6.6 seconds left.

Boston (59-16), which has already clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, is now 27-0 this season when it makes at least 18 3s in a game. Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla credited Hauser for playing confident, while adding his production is a byproduct of what the Celtics do offensively.

Charlotte Hornets guard Vasa Micic against Boston Celtics centre Al Horford. PHOTO: AP