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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hornets Ease to Record, Celtics Fall to 10th Loss

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- Charlotte tied a franchise record with its 50th victory, a 136-111 triumph over Boston's depleted Celtics in which the Hornets scored the most points in the National Basketball Association this season.


Glen Rice had 29 points Wednesday for the Hornets, who built a 25-point edge after three quarters and went on to their highest point total and widest margin of victory this season. They also attempted 21 3-pointers and made a franchise-record 15.


Rookie Tony Delk had 18 of his season-high 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Hornets improved to 50-26.


Ricky Pierce added 24 points and Muggsy Bogues had 13 points and 10 assists for the Hornets, who improved to 24 games over .500 for the first time.


The Celtics lost their 10th consecutive game.


Hawks 116, 76ers 101. In Philadelphia, Dikembe Mutombo blocked three straight shots in a nine-second span and the Atlanta Hawks set a season record with 23 steals.


Mutombo finished with six of the Hawks' 13 blocks, which tied the team's season high.


Mookie Blaylock's 19 points led six Hawks in double figures as Atlanta moved a half-game ahead of Detroit for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.


Christian Laettner and Tyrone Corbin each had 18 points, Steve Smith 16, and Alan Henderson and Henry James 13 apiece for the Hawks.


Allen Iverson played the whole game, leading the 76ers with 40 points.


Bulls 86, Pacers 80. In Indianapolis, Michael Jordan, struggling from the field, hit seven of eight free throws in the fourth quarter.


Jordan was only 8-for-19 from the field and had six turnovers with his 23 points, but his timely free throws turned the game around early in the fourth quarter.


The loss dropped Indiana two games behind Washington and Cleveland, which are tied for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth, with six games to go.


Scottie Pippen added 17 points and Jason Caffey had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Bulls.


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