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Crawford, Wallace Lead Celtics Past Bobcats 96-86

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jordan Crawford had 21 points, reserve Gerald Wallace added a season-high 17 points and the Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Bobcats 96-86 Monday night for their second straight victory.

Crawford was 5 of 11 from the field and had five assists as the Celtics avenged an 89-83 loss to the Bobcats on Nov. 13. The 31-year-old Wallace, who played for the Bobcats from 2004-11, was 6 of 10 from the field.

Brandon Bass scored 16 points and Phil Pressley had a career-high eight assists for Boston (6-10).

The Celtics led by two entering the fourth quarter but scored the first 10 points to take control and were never challenged down the stretch.

Kemba Walker had 28 points to lead the Bobcats (7-8), who failed to get above the .500 mark after 15 games for the first time in franchise history. Gerald Henderson added 20 points.

Boston’s bench outscored Charlotte’s 39-15.