BOSTON — Avery Bradley reached double figures for the fourth straight game, finishing with a game-high 21 points off the bench to power the Boston Celtics to a 120-95 rout of the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night at TD Garden.
The guard has scored 18 or more points in each of his last three games, averaging 20 points during that span. Bradley now has five outings with 18 points or more in November.
Boston forward Jae Crowder scored 19 points and guard Isaiah Thomas contributed 18 points and nine assists. Forward Evan Turner totaled 12 points and forward David Lee added 11 for the Celtics (7-5), who shot 58.6 percent from the field (51 of 87).
Brooklyn forward Thaddeus Young registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists and center Brook Lopez kicked in 14 points and seven points.
Nets guard Jarrett Jack turned the ball over seven times and scored 11 points, forward Rondae Hollis Jefferson had 13 points and 11 boards and guard Shane Larkin added 10 points off the bench.
The Nets (2-11) have dropped four of six since opening the season with a seven-game skid.
Boston enjoyed its best second quarter of the season, scoring 43 points to take a 66-42 halftime lead. The Celtics eclipsed a 32-point performance in the second quarter against Washington on Nov. 6.
Lee infused life into the offense from the outset, scoring all 11 of his points on 5-of-5 shooting from the floor in the first 5:35 of the second quarter to help Boston build a double-digit lead.
Thomas made four straight 3-pointers to help extend the Celtics’ lead to 24.
Brooklyn trailed by as many as 30 points in the second half. The Nets’ biggest lead was four in the first quarter and they were last tied at 15 before the Celtics used an 8-4 run to end the quarter up 23-19.
NOTES: Boston coach Brad Stevens downplayed the notion that was added significance to Friday’s game due to the Celtics’ possession of the struggling Nets’ first-round draft pick this season. “It doesn’t factor into the coaches’ (and) players’ (mindset),” Stevens said. “You just have to focus on who you’re playing against and try to play well.” … Celtics G Avery Bradley was averaging 20.2 points on 55.4 percent shooting and was 13-for-26 from 3-point range in his last five games against Brooklyn entering Friday. … Boston ranked first in the league in points off turnovers entering the game with 23.6. … Brooklyn is nearing the end of a season-opening stretch in which it has played 11 of 16 games on the road. … The Nets and Celtics conclude their home-and-home set on Sunday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hornets 113, 76ers 88
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Center Al Jefferson had his third double-double of the season with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets rolled to an easy 113-88 victory over the winless Philadelphia 76ers Friday night.
Jefferson scored 14 of his points in the first quarter as the Hornets jumped on the Sixers quickly and never trailed. He had 18 by halftime, then sat and watched much of the second half with the Hornets comfortably ahead.
The Hornets (7-6) led by as many as 26. They won their second straight and improved to 5-1 at Time Warner Cable Arena. It’s the first time this season they have been over .500.
Guard Kemba Walker added 20 points for the Hornets. Guard Nicolas Batum scored 14, guard Jeremy Lamb scored 13, and forward Marvin Williams had 11 points and nine rebounds.
The hapless Sixers (0-13) actually whittled the margin down to 11 once late in the third quarter.
Forward Nerlens Noel led the Sixers with 16 points and nine rebounds. The Sixers also got 15 points from guard Nik Stauskas, 12 points from forward Jerami Grant, and 10 points from center Jahlil Okafor.
The Hornets led 30-19 after one quarter, 62-41 at halftime, and 85-70 after three quarters. They shot 61.9 percent from the field in the first quarter while pulling away, and finished at 49.4 percent for the game. They were 12 of 25 from 3-point range.
NOTES: The Hornets were without F P.J. Hairston (quad contusion) and F Cody Zeller (ankle). G Jeremy Lin got his first start of the season. … The Hornets were playing the second game of a seven-game homestand that will stretch into December. They opened the stand with a 116-111 win over Brooklyn on Wednesday night. … The 76ers started a six-game road trip. They’ll go to Miami Saturday, with games at Minnesota, Boston, Houston and Memphis to follow. … The Sixers were coming off a 112-85 home loss to Indiana on Wednesday. … Philadelphia lost its final 10 games last season, so it is on a 23-game losing streak. … The Sixers started last season 0-17. The NBA record for most losses to open a season is 18, by the 2009 New Jersey Nets. … This was a game of contrasts between the league leaders in fewest turnovers and most turnovers. The Hornets lead the league in fewest turnovers, averaging 11.7 per game, and the Sixers were averaging a league-worst 19.1. Philadelphia committed a season-worst 31 turnovers against Indiana. … Sixers C Jahlil Okafor came into the game leading all NBA rookies in scoring at 18.8. … The Hornets will host Sacramento on Monday and will host Washington, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Golden State later during the homestand.