Kyrie Irving posts double-double as Celtics down Hornets to wrap up unbeaten preseason
Boston's Kyrie Irving drives between Charlotte's Dwight Howard and Frank Kaminsky. AP

KYRIE Irving had 16 points and 10 assists as the Boston Celtics downed the Charlotte Hornets, 108-100, on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).

Al Horford added 15 points and eight rebounds as Boston wrapped up an unbeaten preseason.

Rookie Malik Monk scored 21 points to lead the Hornets, shooting 4 for 9 from 3-point range.

Dwight Howard had 12 points and six rebounds in his first home game.

CELTICS: Jaylen Brown showed he can defend multiple positions, blocking point guard Kemba Walker and forward Marvin Williams on back-to-back possessions. ... Gordon Hayward had 13 points.

HORNETS: Michael Carter-Williams (knee) will not be ready for the regular season opener, coach Steve Clifford said. Nic Batum (elbow), Jeremy Lamb (groin) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) did not play. Rookie Dwayne Bacon went 4 for 4 on 3-pointers, accounting for all 12 of his points.

UP NEXT: Boston (4-0) opens the regular season against Cleveland on Tuesday. Charlotte (1-3) hosts Dallas on Friday.

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