BOSTON, March 1 (Ticker) -- Jamal Mashburn
had 20 points and nine rebounds and Baron Davis
added 19 points and eight assists as the Charlotte Hornets cruised to a 100-87 victory over the struggling Boston Celtics, who have lost a season-high four straight games.
Mashburn came off the injured list on February 18 after missing 42 games with an abdominal injury and on Friday David Wesley
played for the first time in 13 games since suffering a cracked bone in his left foot.
Wesley scored only five points in 20 minutes but signified that the Hornets have their full roster as they head into the final stretch of the season.
"We're getting players back,” Mashburn said. “We're deeper now. We've got a lot of players that want to play. We go 10 deep and that's important, especially come playoff time."
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Elden Campbell and the Hornets were in control the entire game.
"I like our depth,” Hornets coach Paul Silas said. “It's nice to look down the bench and see veteran guys and young guys. You have everything that you need."
Charlotte never trailed, scoring the game's first 10 points. Boston got within 16-11 before the Hornets scored eight of the next 10 points, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Davis.
The Celtics closed within 25-16 just 66 seconds into the second period, but Davis responded with a layup to give Charlotte a double-digit lead for good.
Davis scored 10 points in the second period and added six during a huge third-quarter run. The Hornets had a 62-51 lead with 7:20 left in the third before Davis completed a three-point play to spark a 15-1 surge.
Wesley sank a jumper before Davis and Mashburn made consecutive 3-pointers. Jamaal Magloire
, who had nine points and 10 rebounds, capped the run with a three-point play with 4:11 left to give Charlotte its largest lead, 77-52.
"I don't know whether we came out flat as much as they came out hot," Boston coach Jim O’Brien said. "We had breakdowns that I hadn't seen since October. It was a bad basketball game for us."
The Hornets matched their 25-point advantage late in the quarter and held on for their fourth win in seven games since Mashburn returned from the injured list.
"We played well throughout, established our defense right from the start and kept it going throughout the whole game," Silas said. "It was a very, very good win for us."
scored 14 points and P.J. Brown
added 11 and eight rebounds for Charlotte, which shot just 42 percent (32-of-76) but made 30-of-39 free throws.
scored 20 points and Antoine Walker
added 16 and nine rebounds for the Celtics, who have lost six of their last eight games.
"We've got to look at the tape of this game and see that we didn't go to war with them," Pierce said. "We had it in the beginning of the season and seems like we've lost it. We're going to get it back. There is no question about that."
Boston shot just 39 percent (31-of-79) from the field and made only 5-of-20 3-pointers.
"We did not have an answer for the Charlotte Hornets tonight," O’Brien said. "We didn't play any phase of the game well. We didn't defend well or pass well. That pretty much covers the state of this game."