The Boston Celtics got back on track Saturday night with a 107-97 win over the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. The victory marked the Celtics’ third in their last four games, and a bounce-back effort after a loss in Atlanta on Friday.
It was a comfortable win for the Celtics, who jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. They led by as many as 19 points in the first quarter, then extended the lead as far as 20 in the second. From there, the Pelicans could never cut the Celtics’ lead to within eight.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown carried this one for the C’s, combining for 69 points on 60.9 percent shooting. Tatum led all scorers with 38, adding eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals.
Despite Tatum and Brown doing most of the scoring, the Celtics got contributions from their other key players in different ways. Starting center Robert Williams III controlled the glass for the Celtics, pulling down a game-high 16 rebounds, including three on the offensive end. Marcus Smart led the team with 12 assists, as the C’s out-assisted the Pelicans 31-22 as a team.
Boston shot 53.1 percent overall, compared to just 43.9 percent for New Orleans.
Up Next: The Celtics’ busy schedule continues on Monday night, when they return home to play their third game in four nights against the Miami Heat at TD Garden. The game will be broadcast live on 98.5 The Sports Hub, starting with pregame coverage at 7 p.m. ET (click here for the full on-air schedule).