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  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) stretches for the block as Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) looks to shoot during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0) watches from behind. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) stretches for the block as Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) looks to shoot during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0) watches from behind. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) stretches for the block as Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) looks to shoot during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0) watches from behind. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) stretches for the block as Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) looks to shoot during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0) watches from behind. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

  • Charlotte Bobcats' Reggie Williams, left and Brendan Haywood, right, double-team Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Charlotte Bobcats' Reggie Williams, left and Brendan Haywood, right, double-team Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

  • Charlotte Bobcats' Reggie Williams, left and Brendan Haywood, right, double-team Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Charlotte Bobcats' Reggie Williams, left and Brendan Haywood, right, double-team Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

  • Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) crashes over Boston Celtics' Shavlik Randolph (42) and past Jeff Green (8) to score during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) crashes over Boston Celtics' Shavlik Randolph (42) and past Jeff Green (8) to score during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

  • Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) crashes over Boston Celtics' Shavlik Randolph (42) and past Jeff Green (8) to score during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) crashes over Boston Celtics' Shavlik Randolph (42) and past Jeff Green (8) to score during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) shoots as Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0), Gerald Henderson (9), Byron Mullens (22) and Kemba Walker (15) watch with Boston's Jason Terry (4) and Chris Wilcox (44) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) shoots as Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0), Gerald Henderson (9), Byron Mullens (22) and Kemba Walker (15) watch with Boston's Jason Terry (4) and Chris Wilcox (44) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) shoots as Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0), Gerald Henderson (9), Byron Mullens (22) and Kemba Walker (15) watch with Boston's Jason Terry (4) and Chris Wilcox (44) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) shoots as Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0), Gerald Henderson (9), Byron Mullens (22) and Kemba Walker (15) watch with Boston's Jason Terry (4) and Chris Wilcox (44) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) shoots as Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0), Gerald Henderson (9), Byron Mullens (22) and Kemba Walker (15) watch with Boston's Jason Terry (4) and Chris Wilcox (44) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) shoots as Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0), Gerald Henderson (9), Byron Mullens (22) and Kemba Walker (15) watch with Boston's Jason Terry (4) and Chris Wilcox (44) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

  • Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers looks for a call against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers looks for a call against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

  • Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers looks for a call against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers looks for a call against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) stretches for the block as Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) looks to shoot during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0) watches from behind. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) stretches for the block as Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) looks to shoot during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0) watches from behind. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
  • Charlotte Bobcats' Reggie Williams, left and Brendan Haywood, right, double-team Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
  • Charlotte Bobcats' Reggie Williams, left and Brendan Haywood, right, double-team Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
  • Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) crashes over Boston Celtics' Shavlik Randolph (42) and past Jeff Green (8) to score during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
  • Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) crashes over Boston Celtics' Shavlik Randolph (42) and past Jeff Green (8) to score during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) shoots as Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0), Gerald Henderson (9), Byron Mullens (22) and Kemba Walker (15) watch with Boston's Jason Terry (4) and Chris Wilcox (44) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) shoots as Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0), Gerald Henderson (9), Byron Mullens (22) and Kemba Walker (15) watch with Boston's Jason Terry (4) and Chris Wilcox (44) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) shoots as Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo (0), Gerald Henderson (9), Byron Mullens (22) and Kemba Walker (15) watch with Boston's Jason Terry (4) and Chris Wilcox (44) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
  • Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers looks for a call against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
  • Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers looks for a call against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Charlotte, n.c. — Gerald Henderson had a career-high 35 points, and the Charlotte Bobcats snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 100-74 win over the Boston Celtics last night.

Henderson was 11 of 19 from the field and knocked down all 12 of his foul shots.

Ben Gordon scored 17 points and new starting forward Josh McRoberts had his first double-double for Charlotte with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bobcats (14-50) doubled last season’s win total and posted their largest margin of victory this season.

The Celtics, playing without Paul Pierce, looked like a team that has played nine of its last 11 games on the road. Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford each had 14 points for Boston.

Kevin Garnett needed nine points to pass Jerry West and move into 15th place on the NBA’s career scoring list, but was held to five points on 2-of-10 shooting.

The Celtics looked out of sync early on without Pierce, who received a night of rest from coach Doc Rivers. It looked as if most of the other Celtics had taken the night off, too.

Henderson went to work in the first half, scoring 21 points to help Charlotte to a 49-46 lead at the break.

Henderson stayed with his biggest strength playing against Courtney Lee and Jason Terry, driving to the hole and drawing contact. He was 8 of 13 from the field in the first half and made all five of his free-throw attempts.

He continued his solid play in the third. He knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing and then came up with a huge effort play to give the Bobcats a double-digit lead. He drove the lane and got blocked, but corralled the rebound after put in back in while drawing a foul.

The Bobcats poured it on in the fourth quarter, opening a 24-point lead with six minutes left when Gordon threw an alley-oop pass to McRoberts, who slammed it home with his left hand.

The Celtics probably should have been expecting more of a game from the Bobcats after losing in Charlotte earlier in the season.

But Rivers decided to sit the 35-year-old Pierce with Boston in the midst of a difficult part of the schedule. He pondered sitting Pierce, Garnett or Terry while on the flight to Charlotte from Oklahoma City. He chose Pierce.

“I don’t get a lot of kickback right now when I say I’m sitting one of them,” Rivers said with a laugh before the game.

Notes: The Celtics and Bobcats play again Saturday night in Boston. ... Bobcats center Byron Mullens, who has been benched for McRoberts, played only 11 minutes before leaving with a strained back.

Heat 98, Hawks 81

Miami — Dwyane Wade scored 23 points and the Heat extended their winning streak to 19 games.

LeBron James scored 15 and Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers added 14 apiece for the Heat, who matched the fifth-longest streak in NBA history. They will try for their 20th straight win tonight at Philadelphia, the start of a five-game trip.

Only three teams have won at least 20 consecutive games in the same season: the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33), the 2007-08 Houston Rockets (22) and the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (20). The Washington Capitols also won 20 straight, spanning the end of the 1947-48 season and the start of the 1948-49 campaign.

Lakers 106, Magic 97

Orlando, Fla. — Dwight Howard scored a season-high 39 points, had 16 rebounds and was sent to the free throw line 39 times by his former team as Los Angeles beat Orlando.

The victory came in Howard’s first return to Orlando since his drama-filled offseason trade to the Lakers. He endured a chorus of boos throughout, and tied his own NBA record for free throw attempts.

The majority of them came as the Magic tried to employ an intentional foul strategy. It backfired, though, as the All-Star center hit on 16 of 20 attempts in the second half.

Cavaliers 95, Wizards 90

Cleveland — Dion Waiters scored 20 points, Alonzo Gee added 17 and Cleveland held off a late run to beat Washington.

Cleveland played its first game since Kyrie Irving sprained his left shoulder Sunday against Toronto. The All-Star point guard, who watched the game from the bench with his left arm in a sling, could miss the next month — and maybe the rest of this season. The Cavaliers are 5-10 without him this season.

Nets 108, Hornets 98

New York — Brook Lopez scored 26 points and had a big dunk over twin brother Robin, Deron Williams added 21 points and 13 assists, and Brooklyn beat New Orleans.

Brooklyn squandered a 10-point lead in the third quarter before pulling off some timely baskets in the fourth to hang on for the win, bouncing back from a poor performance in a loss Monday at Philadelphia.

Eric Gordon led New Orleans with 24 points. Robin Lopez had 15 points for the Hornets, who played without leading scorer Ryan Anderson because of the flu.