Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points, and the Boston Celtics beat the Nets, 112-104, on Monday night, ending the injury-riddled visitors’ six-game winning streak.
Aron Baynes added 16 points, Marcus Morris had 15, and Al Horford and Terry Rozier each had 14 for Boston, which tied a franchise record with 16 blocked shots and won for the sixth time in seven games. Horford had 11 rebounds.
The Celtics played without the star guard Kyrie Irving, who was sidelined with a sore left hip.
D’Angelo Russell led the Nets with 25 points, and Shabazz Napier had 20. The Nets had won 19 of their previous 24 games.
The Celtics took charge with an 11-0 run early in the final quarter. Brown capped the spree with a 3-pointer from the right corner, pushing Boston’s lead to 102-90 with just over seven minutes to play.
Boston used a 14-2 run midway into the second quarter en route to a 60-50 halftime lead. Brown started the surge with a 3 and scored 7 points.
HORNETS 101, KNICKS 92 Kemba Walker and Tony Parker each had 15 points, Malik Monk had four clutch 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and host Charlotte handed the Knicks their 10th straight loss.
Monk scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help ignite a 17-1 run as Charlotte improved to 17-8 at home.
Kevin Knox had 19 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. 17 for the struggling Knicks, who have won one game since beating the Hornets on Dec. 14.
As they did in a 119-117 loss at Madison Square Garden last month, the Hornets struggled again to shake the Knicks and entered the fourth quarter tied at 71 after shooting 5 of 25 from beyond the arc.
But Monk got the Hornets on track in the fourth quarter.
He knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers, one coming on a nifty play from Walker, who delivered a wraparound pass from underneath the basket to an open Monk at the top of the key. That started the 17-1 run with Monk accounting for 12 points and Walker 5.
Walker was just 5 of 16 from the field but made a big step-back 3 from the corner, and Monk followed with another 3 to give Charlotte its largest lead, 87-75, with seven minutes left. The Knicks never mounted a serious challenge after that.
The Hornets were 6 of 8 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter.