The Boston Celtics defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 111-93 Monday night in New Orleans.
With 4:31 left in the second quarter, Jared Cunningham hit two free throws to take the lead for the Pelicans 42-40. Led by Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics absolutely dominated the next 10 minutes of game, as the Celtics went on an absurd 30-9 run. IT started the run with a floater in the plane before hitting his next three attempts from beyond the arc. Thomas outscoring the entire Pelicans team 11-9. Jae Crowder punctuated the run with three of his own, putting the Celtics up 70-51.
Thomas, who is not normally known for his shooting efficiency, finished with a game-high 22 points on 9 of 13 shooting, including 4-of-X from downtown. Kelly Olynk (21 pts), Jae Crowder (17), Jared Sullinger (11), and Avery Bradley (11) also scored in double-figures for the C’s.
Anthony Davis, the anointed next in line for the Title of Best Player in the NBA, struggled immensely. The Brow opened the game by hitting his first three shots, but then found himself on the bench after picking up two fouls early in the first quarter. Once he returned, Davis struggled to make an impact offensively, finishing with only 16 points (8-for-21) in 30 minutes. The Pelicans were a -24 with Davis on the floor, the worst of any player.
While Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday added 18 and 14 respectively for the Pelicans, the starting backcourt combination of Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon finished with zero points on only seven shots.
The victory was the Celtics third of their five-game road trip. The team returns to Boston on Wednesday to take on the Bulls, before trying to hand the potential 24-0 Golden State Warriors their first loss of the season.
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JIMMY BUCKETS SIGHTING
With RJ Hunter nursing a strained left hip flexor on the bench in a ill-fitting sport coat (It was Celtics PR Guru Jeff Twist’s), much maligned Celtics sophomore James Young surprisingly got some time on the floor. Young AKA Jimmy Buckets notched 4 points in a season high 20 minutes. Young played very aggressively on the offensive end of the floor, displaying his quick release and an willingness to attack the basket in the half court. He also did a solid job on the defense, taking a turn guarding Tyreke Evans and even recording one steal. If the Celtics can get any production from Young this season, it would be huge for the Celtics are are severely lack depth on the wing.
VINE OF THE NIGHT:
KG yammed hard on Blake Griffen and then was immediately issued a technical foul. I am surprised Blake still exists after this facial.
BRAD’S WILDEST ROTATION
At the end of the first quarter, STEVENS WENT YUUUUUUUGE with a lineup of Turner, Crowder, Jerebko, Olynyk, and Tyler Zeller. It didn’t really work, as the Pelicans ended the frame on a 10-6 run, but it was still cool to see a glimpse of an anti-Small ball Line up.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Jared Sullinger had 20 rebounds while Anthony Davis only had 6. Huge game for Sully.
AT OF THE NIGHT