Lincoln native Clifford & Bobcats beat Celtics

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BOSTON (AP) - Al Jefferson had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to an 89-83 win over Boston on Wednesday night, snapping the Celtics' four-game winning streak.

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

Jeff Green paced 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 when Charlotte is at Cleveland.

It was Bobcats' coach Steve Clifford's second game back after two stents were placed in his heart last week.  The Lincoln, Maine, native, and UM-Farmington alum was taken by ambulance to the hospital last Thursday night after experiencing chest pains while dining at a Charlotte restaurant. The following day doctors inserted the stents to prevent blockage to the heart.

Free agent first baseman Mike Napoli, a member of the 2013 World Series champion Red Sox, was seated at courtside.

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