Rapid Reaction: Pelicans 95, Celtics 92
BOSTON -- Rapid Reaction after the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Boston Celtics 95-92 Friday night at TD Garden:
THE NITTY GRITTY
Anthony Davis scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and Tyreke Evans chipped in with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists off the bench for the visitors, as the Pelicans handed the Celtics their sixth loss in their past seven games. Avery Bradley scored 12 of his 22 points in the third quarter, but was held scoreless by the Pelicans in the fourth quarter. Brandon Bass posted his fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Jared Sullinger had his worst shooting night on the season, going 3-of-17 from the field, including missing the game-tying 3-pointer as time expired. The Celtics showed plenty of fight, finishing with a season-high-tying 22 offensive rebounds but couldn’t overcome their second straight brutal shooting night, making just 34.8 percent of their shots from the field.
The Pelicans led 93-92 in the game’s final minute when Kris Humphries blocked a Tyreke Evans layup with 20 seconds remaining to give the Celtics a chance to take the lead. Avery Bradley took the ball to the basket on Boston’s next possession but was swallowed up by old teammate Greg Stiemsma in the paint. Brian Roberts hit a pair of free throws after New Orleans corralled the rebound, and then Sullinger missed a desperation 3-pointer as time expired.
Play was stopped for several minutes with 11:02 remaining in the fourth quarter as Ryan Anderson was stretched off the floor with a cervical stinger. The Pelicans power forward was injured as the Pelicans attempted to inbound the ball under their own basket to Anderson. Gerald Wallace collided with Anderson at a high speed on the play, and Anderson hit the deck after the collision. The power forward remained on the floor as trainers tended to him and players from both teams surrounded him, before being wheeled off to an ovation from the TD Garden crowd. Anderson was sent for observation to a local hospital.
The Celtics struggled mightily with their shot late in the game, going a mere 15 percent (4-of-26) from the field in the fourth quarter.
Rookie center Vitor Faverani earned a healthy DNP. It was his third DNP-CD in his past four games. ... Greg Stiemsma scored a season-high 12 points against his former team. ... Kris Humphries tied his season-high with 12 rebounds (six offensive) over 24 minutes of action. ... The Celtics had a season-high 28 second-chance points. ... Jordan Crawford struggled mightily (2-of-14) from the field.
WHAT IT MEANS
Boston (13-20) dropped its second straight game at home and has lost six of its past seven games overall. The Celtics now head out west for a five-game road trip, starting in Oklahoma City on Sunday night and followed by visits to Denver, Los Angeles (Clippers), Golden State and Portland. With those five games coming over seven nights across three different time zones, it could easily be Boston’s toughest road trip of the season.
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