Boston Celtics Regain Momentum with Victory Over New Orleans Pelicans

The Boston Celtics managed to recover from two consecutive losses against the Atlanta Hawks by winning their visit to the New Orleans pavilion by 104-92.

The key to the game was in the third quarter, limiting them to only 11 points, which propelled them to a lead of at least double digits for the rest of the night, including a maximum of +22 midway through the fourth quarter.

Jayson Tatum stood out with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists; supported by Kristaps Porzingis with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks who avoided three consecutive losses for the first time all season.

«Last year Denver lost four in a row at one point, and I think the previous year’s champion lost as many as five. But winning is, without a doubt, a good habit,” Porzingis acknowledged to the media. ESPN.

The Pelicans were limited to 4 of 23 attempts in the third quarter, and Zion Williamson in particular would miss his five shots in that stretch, being guarded thoroughly by Jaylen Brown (17 points).

«Jaylen (Brown) did a fantastic job making it very difficult. He still averaged his free throws, but we kept him out of his transition, out of the paint, and his teammates did a great job on the perimeter forcing him to quickly give up possession,” noted Joe Mazzulla.

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The aforementioned Williamson scored 14 of his 25 points in the first half alone; to which he added 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. For his part, veteran CJ Williamson added 24 points on his account.

“They increased their intensity and we didn’t match it,” Zion said. “And when we decided to do it, the game was already a little out of control,” the player concluded.

Other highlights

Celtics: Your entire starting quintet contributed double digits in scoring. Jaylen Brown had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists; Derrick White (15); and Jrue Holiday finished with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and two steals against his former team.

The Celtics continue to lead the NBA with an impressive record of 58-16.

Pelicans: Brandon Ingram was out for the fifth straight day due to a bruise on his right knee. Willie Green’s men were trying to get 18 games over 50% for the first time since last April 2009.

(Cover photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

2024-03-31 07:08:31
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