After an opening quarter in which the Celtics  turned the ball over nine times, the second unit rode to the rescue with an inspired effort. With all five starters on the bench, the reserves opened up a nine-point lead, which became a 55-43 edge at the break.
The Celtics did much of their damage down low as Glen Davis  (nine points) and Rasheed Wallace  (eight points) took advantage of mismatches against the Hornets reserve big men. Eddie House  and Marquis Daniels  also played the entire quarter ahead of Rajon Rondo  and Tony Allen . Paul Pierce  leads the Celtics with 13 points.