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Quickcap: Charlotte follows familar script, holds on to beat Boston, 104-95

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It was the same old song and dance for the Hornets, but with a different ending (for once).

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Kemba Walker broke the 30-point plateau for the second time in as many games, Cody Zeller finished with a perfect shooting night and the Charlotte Hornets earned their second consecutive road win as they took down the Boston Celtics, 104-95 Monday night at TD Garden.

Walker finished the night with 33 points, shooting 12-for-26 from the floor, to go with five assists and five rebounds. Zeller, taking on his brother Tyler, had a career-high 20 points as he shot 8-for-8 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Gerald Henderson scored 13 points and handed out a career-high eight assists. Charlotte outrebounded Boston by 15, had 10 blocks and shot nearly 49 percent from the field.

The Hornets (12-24) followed a familiar script — play well early, take a big lead, blow big lead. But this time, Charlotte was able to respond after the Celtics (11-21) cut the Hornets' lead to six with just over five minutes to go in the game after leading by as many as 22.

Jared Sullinger was the Celtics' best player, scoring 22 points to go with eight rebounds, four of which were offensive boards. Jae Crowder and James Young both added 13 points off the bench as the Celtics struggled shooting for most of the night. Boston finished the evening shooting 39.6 percent from the field.

The Hornets hit the floor Wednesday night when they host Anthony Davis' marvelous unibrow and the New Orleans Pelicans.