Jefferson lifts ’Cats past Celtics, 89-83

  • Boston Celtics small forward Gerald Wallace, center, drives against Charlotte Bobcats guards Jeff Taylor (44) and Ramon Sessions in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics small forward Gerald Wallace, center, drives against Charlotte Bobcats guards Jeff Taylor (44) and Ramon Sessions in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson, left, fights for position on a rebound with Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson, left, fights for position on a rebound with Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson, left, fights for position on a rebound with Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson, left, fights for position on a rebound with Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics shooting guard Jordan Crawford, left, and Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker, below, scramble for a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics shooting guard Jordan Crawford, left, and Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker, below, scramble for a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics shooting guard Jordan Crawford, left, and Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker, below, scramble for a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics shooting guard Jordan Crawford, left, and Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker, below, scramble for a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli tugs on his beard for the cheering crowd as he sits courtside at an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Bobcats in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli tugs on his beard for the cheering crowd as he sits courtside at an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Bobcats in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli tugs on his beard for the cheering crowd as he sits courtside at an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Bobcats in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli tugs on his beard for the cheering crowd as he sits courtside at an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Bobcats in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics small forward Gerald Wallace, center, drives against Charlotte Bobcats guards Jeff Taylor (44) and Ramon Sessions in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics small forward Gerald Wallace, center, drives against Charlotte Bobcats guards Jeff Taylor (44) and Ramon Sessions in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics small forward Gerald Wallace, center, drives against Charlotte Bobcats guards Jeff Taylor (44) and Ramon Sessions in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson, left, fights for position on a rebound with Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson, left, fights for position on a rebound with Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics shooting guard Jordan Crawford, left, and Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker, below, scramble for a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics shooting guard Jordan Crawford, left, and Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker, below, scramble for a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli tugs on his beard for the cheering crowd as he sits courtside at an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Bobcats in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli tugs on his beard for the cheering crowd as he sits courtside at an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Bobcats in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics small forward Gerald Wallace, center, drives against Charlotte Bobcats guards Jeff Taylor (44) and Ramon Sessions in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON — Al Jefferson had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to an 89-83 victory over Boston on Wednesday night that snapped the Celtics’ four-game winning streak.

Gerald Henderson had 13 points, Jeff Taylor 12 and Anthony Tolliver 11 for Charlotte, which ended a two-game skid.

Jeff Green led Boston with 19 points and Jordan Crawford had 16 points and six assists.

Both teams were without key big men. Celtics forward Jared Sullinger was out with a bruised right knee and Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts missed the game for personal reasons. He’s expected to play Friday night in Cleveland.

It was Bobcats coach Steve Clifford’s second game back after two stents were placed in his heart last week.

One of the biggest ovations of the night came when free-agent first baseman Mike Napoli, a member of the 2013 World Series champion Red Sox, was shown on the Jumbotron in the opening quarter. He was seated courtside, left at halftime and returned late in the third quarter to another nice hand from the fans seated nearby. In the fourth quarter, Napoli was selected as the “fan of the game,” getting another loud ovation.

The Bobcats led 71-64 after three quarters. Boston cut it to three twice midway into the fourth before Tolliver made a shot-clock beating 3 with 5:37 to play.

Neither team scored for the next 2 minutes before Jefferson’s short jumper pushed the Bobcats ahead by six with 2:36 left.

Green then converted a three-point play, getting Boston to 85-80 with 1:26 to go.

Crawford’s three-point play closed it to 85-83 with 32.5 seconds left, but Jefferson had a putback off Kemba Walker’s miss to seal it.

Charlotte led 51-43 at halftime.

The start of the third quarter was filled with whistles and sloppy play, taking away any energy from the crowd. Boston narrowed its deficit to three at 67-64 late in the third before the Bobcats scored the final four points.

Notes: Boston coach Brad Stevens said Sullinger is day-to-day. He had an MRI on Tuesday. Stevens also said he watched “very little” of the college doubleheader Tuesday night that featured four of the top five in the AP’s Top 25. ... Jefferson played three seasons in Boston after being drafted by the Celtics with the 15th pick of the 2004 draft. ... Tolliver started in place of McRoberts and hit two 3s in the opening quarter. ... Napoli said, “No, not yet” when asked if he’s heard from the Red Sox about a contract offer while he was seated and signing autographs during a timeout in the third quarter.

Knicks 95, Hawks 91 — Carmelo Anthony continued his success against Atlanta by scoring 25 points and the New York Knicks regrouped after blowing a 17-point lead to beat the Hawks 95-91 on Wednesday night in Atlanta.

The Knicks, relying on 3-pointers, led 47-30 in the second period and 55-45 at halftime. New York made only 5 of 25 shots from the field while being outscored 23-10 in the third period, leaving the Hawks with a 68-65 lead.

Anthony and the Knicks regained control after the Hawks led 78-72 early in the fourth quarter. Anthony made a free throw, driving layup and a 3-pointer to launch an 11-0 run that gave New York the lead. Andrea Bargnani’s 3-pointer capped the run.

Bargnani had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. had 14 points for New York.

Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 25 points and eight assists. Al Horford had 23 points.

Anthony averaged 41 points against the Hawks in two games last season, bringing his career average against Atlanta to 26.9.

Knicks guard J.R. Smith, last season’s Sixth Man of the Year, made his first start since March 9, 2012, at Milwaukee. He came off the bench in each of his 80 games last season.

Smith was suspended the first five games this season for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program. Coach Mike Woodson said before the game he started Smith instead of Pablo Prigioni to “see if we can get off to a better start.”

Smith did his part, making three of four 3-pointers in the opening period as the Knicks took a 29-24 lead. Prigioni started the second quarter and followed Smith’s lead, sinking a 3-pointer to give the Knicks their first double-digit lead at 36-26. Smith finished with 12 points.

76ers 123, Rockets 117, OT — Tony Wroten had his first career triple-double, James Anderson scored a career-high 36 points and Spencer Hawes made the go-ahead basket with 34 seconds left in overtime to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Houston Rockets 123-117 Wednesday night in Philly.

Wroten had career highs with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in his first start for injured rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who didn’t play because of a bruised left arch.

Jeremy Lin scored 34 points, making a career-best nine 3-pointers. Dwight Howard had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Chandler Parsons added 22 points for Houston.

Lin started for James Harden, who was out of Houston’s lineup because of a bruised left foot.

Two days after the Sixers were blown out by San Antonio in coach Brett Brown’s first game against his former team, they beat general manager Sam Hinkie’s former club.

Hinkie spent the last eight years in Houston and was the executive vice president of basketball operations for the Rockets before coming to Philadelphia.

The Sixers are off to a surprising 5-4 start that includes wins over Miami and Chicago.

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