Celtics Dominant in Victory Over Pelicans at New Orleans Pavilion

The Boston Celtics rebounded from two straight losses to the Atlanta Hawks by winning their visiting New Orleans Pavilion 104-92.

The key to the game came in the third quarter, which limited them to just 11 points, giving them a lead of at least double digits the rest of the night, including a high 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.

“Denver lost four in a row at one point last year, and I think last year’s champions lost five. But winning is, without a doubt, a good habit,” Porzingis admitted to the media. ESPN.

The Pelicans were limited to 4 of 23 attempts in the third quarter, and Zion Williamson in particular missed his five shots in the period as he was thoroughly protected by Jaylen Brown (17 points).

“Jaylen (Brown) did a fantastic job and made it very difficult. “He was still averaging on his free throws, but we kept him out of his transition, out of the zone, and his teammates did a great job at the rim and forced him to give up the ball quickly,” noted Joe Mazzulla.

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The aforementioned Williamson scored 14 of his 25 points in the first half alone; There were also 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. For his part, veteran CJ McCollum added 24 points of his own.

“They turned up their intensity and we couldn’t keep up,” Zion said. “And when we decided to do that, the game was already a little out of control,” the player concluded.

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Celts: Your entire starting quintet contributed double digits to the points total. Jaylen Brown had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists; Derrick White (15); and Jrue Holiday finished the game 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 with a bruised right knee. Willie Green’s men were trying to get over 50% in 18 games for the first time since April 2009.

(Titelfoto: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

2024-03-31 15:19:56
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