Tonight the New Orleans Pelicans snapped the Boston Celtics’ seven-game winning streak with a 116-113 overtime win at the TD Garden.
Superstar Anthony Davis had himself a night with 45 points (16-34 FG/ 13-15 FT) and 16 rebounds. And DeMarcus Cousins hustled his way to a double-double as well, with 19 points and 15 rebounds.
Prior to tip-off, former Celtics point guard, Rajon Rondo, reflected upon his time with the team and 2008 championship.
The Celtics fell behind early in the first, 32-25, in their second game in the last 10 days, since returning from London.
While Davis scored more than half of the Pelicans’ points (17) in the first, Terry Rozier III, Marcus Morris and the rest of the bench accounted for 11-of-the-25 points in the quarter for the Celtics.
At one point during the quarter, Marcus Smart shot the ball four times in a measly 68 seconds, while only knocking down one. Plus in the meantime, the tag-team tandem of Davis and Cousins took control at their end of the floor and never looked back.
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Going into halftime, the Celtics trailed the Pelicans by 10, but returned to the court to go on a 16-6 run to start second half. But yet, they still trailed 87-80 to close out the third.
You could feel the tide really start to turn for the Celtics after a great hustle effort by Daniel Theis keeping the play alive and hitting Jaylen Brown with a bounce pass for a slam bam! And all of a sudden we’ve got ourselves a tied game with 5:26 to play.
The Pelicans failed to score for more than four minutes late in the fourth, while the Celtics were able to draw up a 24-point quarter and out-score the Pelicans by seven to complete another comeback.
In the closing minute of the fourth, both Irving and Davis missed key free throws, which could’ve prevented overtime. Yet it was Irving in the end that was able to drive to hole and finish one off the glass to tie things up at 104 and force overtime.
Kyrie Irving's game tying layup that sent it to OT! pic.twitter.com/ZP028bogtp— NBA (@NBA) January 17, 2018
Davis and the Pelicans were able to force the Celtics into some questionable, tough shots down the stretch, which help lead them to a 116-113 win over the C’s.
During the loss, the Celtics set a franchise-record with 19 made three-pointers (19-50 3PT). Irving led all C’s scorers with 27 points (8-24 FG) and seven rebounds and both, Morris and Brown had 16 points.
UP NEXT: The Celtics (34-11) will welcome the Philadelphia 76ers (20-20) to Boston Thursday night for their second matchup in exactly a week. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell live on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with pre-game coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. and tip-off set for 7:00 p.m.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com