03/18 19:37 CDT Davis leads Pelicans past Celtics 108-89
Davis leads Pelicans past Celtics 108-89
By BRETT MARTEL
AP Sports Writer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) --- Anthony Davis had 34 points and 11 rebounds, and the New
Orleans Pelicans beat the banged-up Boston Celtics 108-89 on Sunday night.
Second-year pro Cheick Diallo had a season-high 17 points and Nikola Mirotic
added 16 for New Orleans, which was desperate to win after dropping four of its
previous five while in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race.
Davis capped his night by hitting a baseline fallaway as he was fouled by Abdel
Nader to make it 106-85 with 3:35 to go. The shot brought the crowd to its feet
as Davis stumbled toward the sideline, where he exchanged high-fives with
several fans before walking to the foul line to hit his foul shot.
The play capped a 22-6, fourth-quarter run to blow open what had been a tight
game for most of the first three quarters.
Davis also threw down his share of crowd-pleasing dunks, some of which were set
up by lobs from former Celtic Rajon Rondo, who finished with 11 assists.
Jayson Tatum scored 23 for Boston, which has lost three of four and was playing
its third straight game without either All-Star guard Kyrie Irving (sore left
knee) or guard Marcus Smart (sprained right thumb). Marcus Morris scored 17 and
Terry Rozier 13 for the Celtics, who scored only 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting
in the fourth quarter.
The game appeared to change after Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry was assessed a
technical foul for a second game in a row after a three-shot foul was called
against one of his players.
On Saturday, it was Holiday defending James Harden. Against Boston, it was Ian
Clark defending Nader. That gave Nader four foul shots, but he missed all four
with Boston trailing 82-76 early in the fourth quarter. The crowd grew more
jubilant with each miss.
New Orleans then when right down the court and scored on Mirotic's hook shot. A
few minutes later, the Pelicans led by double digits and were pulling away.
Celtics: Irving had been listed as questionable coming in, but coach Brad
Stevens said the club doesn't want to push Irving to play through pain at this
point and wants him closer to full health. ... New Orleans native Greg Monroe,
who chose Boston over his hometown club when he was briefly a free agent this
season, had his third straight game with at least 12 points. ... Al Horford
finished with six points, less than half of his average for the season.
Pelicans: F Solomon Hill made his season debut after recovering from surgery in
August to repair a torn hamstring. He played eight minutes and finished with
one assist. ... Shortly before tip-off, the NBA announced that Gentry was fined
$15,000 for criticizing officials after Saturday night's loss to Houston. ...
Davis had his 80th career game with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds since
joining the NBA in the 2012-13 season. ... G E'Twaun Moore scored 11 points.
... Jrue Holiday did not score until the third quarter and finished with seven
Celtics: Host Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.
Pelicans: Host Dallas on Tuesday night.
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