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Ex-Cats notes: Young scores career-high 13; Wall's Wizards defeat Davis' Pelicans

James Young scored 13 points, including three three-pointers, in the Celtics' loss to the Hornets. Brian Babineau/Boston Celtics
James Young scored 13 points, including three three-pointers, in the Celtics' loss to the Hornets. Brian Babineau/Boston Celtics

Former University of Kentucky standout James Young, now a rookie with the Boston Celtics, made the most of his first NBA minutes since Dec. 5 when he scored 13 points in 18 minutes in his team's 104-95 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.

"It felt great," Young said. "At first I had the jitters. I didn't really shoot the ball. ... I just tried to take every shot with confidence. After one fell, I just tried to go for another and another."

[Watch James Young's post-game interview]

Young was 5-for-7 from the field, including 3-for-4 from three-point range. That production came after he had scored 11 points in 18 total minutes over five previous appearances.

"He waited his turn through some injuries," Coach Brad Stevens said. "He did a good job."

Young has made several trips to play for the team's D-League squad, the Maine Red Claws. He has averaged 22.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists over eight games.

"I think going to the D-League really helped me," he said.

Will Monday's performance lead to more playing time?

"I have no clue," Young said. "I just want to go out there and provide for my team, and if I get more minutes I get more minutes."

■ John Wall had 15 points, 12 assists and four steals — all team highs — and the Washington Wizards ended their longest skid of the season at three games with a 92-85 victory over the host New Orleans Pelicans.

Anthony Davis had 21 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which led only once — by a single point in the first 4 minutes of the game.

Wall had 11 points in the first half, when Washington shot 56.4 percent and led by as many as 10 twice in the second quarter.

■ Tony Wroten scored 20 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 9.1 seconds left to lift the Philadelphia 76ers to a 95-92 win over the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers. Philadelphia had been 0-14 at home this season.

Nerlens Noel had six points, six rebounds and two blocks.

Kevin Love had 28 points and 19 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who didn't have LeBron James and Kyrie Irving with them on the trip because of injuries. They lost Dion Waiters and two reserves shortly before tipoff because of a rumored trade.

The Cavaliers acquired guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the New York Knicks in a three-team trade that also included the Oklahoma City Thunder.

■ Dirk Nowitzki made a clinching three-pointer in overtime that moved him into seventh place on the NBA's career scoring list, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-88 to match their season high with a sixth straight victory. Rajon Rondo shot 1-for-13 for two points but added 14 assists and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks.

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