Final, Hornets 93-85
The Celtic starters squandered a 12-point halftime advantage and the reserves could not bail them out. The Celtics (32-18) are off until a Feb. 16 visit to Sacramento.
Fourth quarter, 1:49, Hornets 87-81
Collison's steal broke a 3:33 New Orleans scoreless streak. Then, Tony Allen's free throw cut the Celtics' deficit to 6 before a timeout was called.
Fourth quarter, 5:59, Hornets 85-78
Marquis Daniels cut the Celtics' deficit to 76-75 with 9:02 to go. But Darren Collison scored 9 points in a 2:43 span for the Hornets.
Third quarter, 0:00, Hornets 72-67
The Hornets had a 22-3 run over a 5:26 span before Marquis Daniels' banker with 1:10 remaining.
Third quarter, 2:01, Hornets 70-65
The Celtic starters lost the momentum, and coach Doc Rivers began going to the second unit with 4:51 remaining. The Hornets converted three consecutive 3-point possessions over a 62-second span, Darren Collison's 3-pointer giving them a 5-point lead.
Third quarter, 7:45, Celtics 60-50
The Celtics called timeout after surrendering a transition layup to Morris Peterson.
Third quarter, 9:16, Celtics 59-48
Tony Allen scored layups off a steal and an in-bounds pass after the Hornets closed within 7.
Halftime, Celtics 55-43
Paul Pierce became the Celtics' all-time free throw attempt leader when he converted with 6:12 left in the opening quarter. Pierce entered the game 5,275 for 6,588 (.801); John Havlicek was 5,369 for 6,589 (.815).
Second quarter, 2:56, Celtics 50-40
Marquis Daniels, Glen Davis, Eddie House, and Rasheed Wallace provided the offense as the Celtics' second unit played extensive minutes.
Second quarter, 4:19, Celtics 46-37
The Celtics' second unit rallied the team, shooting 11 for 15 and sparking a 19-8 run over the first 7:23 of the second quarter.
Glen Davis' 3-point play off an Eddie House assist gave the Celtics a 3-point lead with 9:01 remaining in the half.
First quarter, 0:00, Hornets 29-27
Hornet guard Darren Collison's hook shot at the buzzer restored New Orleans' lead. The Celtics scored on their first three possessions, but committed nine turnovers in the quarter.
First quarter, 5:06, Celtics 19-18
Hornet coach Jeff Bower received a technical after going into the foul lane to dispute an out-of-bounds call by Eric Dalen 2:19 into the contest. After that, New Orleans went on a 16-6 run over a 3:25 span, taking an 18-12 lead on a David West shot with 5:53 left. Paul Pierce's 3-point play extended a 7-0 Celtic run.