The Bobcats (2-2) trailed 35-23 early in the second quarter, but cut the lead to 42-40 at halftime. Charlotte outscored Cleveland 32-17 in the third quarter to go ahead 72-59 and pulled away.
Cleveland rookie Kenny Kadjl suffered a cut over his right eye and was taken to the locker room for three stitches.
General manager Danny Ainge says shoulder surgery is an option for Kelly Olynyk; the Celtics plan to bring Isaiah Thomas to the draft lottery.
Tracy McGrady believes Kyle Lowry's postseason struggles are all mental and says Raptors coach Dwane Casey should consider giving Cory Joseph more playing time.
Armed with high-value draft picks, low-cost young talent and salary-cap flexibility, there's potential for the Celtics to sign a true impact player.