By Juan Carlos Blanco
The Celtics overcame their barrage of injuries to forge a 49-47 advantage by intermission. However, the Pelicans made sure that deficit was short-lived, garnering a four-point lead by the end of the third quarter courtesy of a 35-point haul, and following that up with a final period in which they outscored the visitors by a 26-13 margin.
Jayson Tatum scored 23 points and complemented that total with five rebounds, one assist and two steals. Marcus Morris provided 17 points and six boards among his contributions. Terry Rozier's line included 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Greg Monroe delivered a bench-leading 12 points and added six boards, two assists and two steals. Al Horford posted just six points (3-11 FG) -- a total he complemented with four boards, three assists and one block. Abdel Nader finished with eight points, three boards and two steals.
Anthony Davis' 34-point, 11-rebound double-double paced the Pelicans. Cheick Diallo led the second unit with 17 points, ripped down six rebounds and dished out one assist. Nikola Mirotic tallied a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double and also had three assists, three steals and two blocks. E'Twaun Moore chimed in with a line that partly consisted of 11 points, five assists and three rebounds. Emeka Okafor's line consisted of eight points and seven rebounds. Jrue Holiday posted just seven points. Rajon Rondo mustered just four points but handed out 11 assists.
Posted on March 18, 2018 at 5:55 PM ET
Updated on March 18, 2018 at 7:10 PM ET