Final Score: New Orleans 121, Boston 120 (OT)
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Davis posted 40 points and 21
rebounds to carry the New Orleans Pelicans past the Boston Celtics 121-120 in
an overtime thriller on Sunday.
Davis surpassed his career-highs in points and rebounds while also becoming
the first player in Pelican history to record a 40-point/20-rebound game.
"I'm just trying to stay locked in. Every game, coach talks about being great.
Anthony Morrow tells me, 'Be great every game.' I just go out there and do the
things for us to win. As long as we get the win, that's all that matters to
me," said Davis.
Tyreke Evans scored 26 and Eric Gordon added 19 points and eight assists for
the Pelicans, who snapped a two-game skid.
Jeff Green had a team-high 39 points and grabbed six boards and Kris Humphries
chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who have lost six of
their last eight. Jared Sullinger and Avery Bradley contributed 14 and 12
points, respectively, with Sullinger adding nine rebounds.
Green scored the first two of the extra period before the Pelicans fired back
with seven straight -- five of which Evans netted -- to take a 119-114 lead
with 1:34 left on the clock.
A Sullinger trey 18 brought the Celtics within two with just over a minute
remaining. Evans then committed back-to-back turnovers, but Boston could
not capitalize as Sullinger came up empty on two 3-point attempts.
Gordon made a pair from the line to stake New Orleans to a four-point cushion
with 9.4 seconds to play. Green then took the ball hard to the rim and
converted a 3-point play after Al-Farouq Aminu fouled him, but the Pelicans
kept the ball away through the final 5.7 seconds.
Humphries nailed a turnaround buzzer-beater to force the extra session
following a Davis jumper with 1.4 left in regulation that put the Pelicans
"I think he's unreal. You know, I came into the game January thinking, yeah,
he's an All-Star. And I leave here after twice playing him saying, 'If there
are 10 guys better in the league, I haven't seen them.' He's really a special
player," said Boston coach Brad Stevens about Davis.
Aminu fouled Green with 4.9 seconds left in regulation on a 3-point attempt.
Green connected on all three from the line before Davis and Humphries nailed
their shots in the final two seconds.
The game was knotted at 84 apiece heading into the fourth before New Orleans
took control with an 18-5 spurt. Boston responded with a 12-2 run to pull
Brian Roberts made a pair from the charity stripe with 6.4 on the clock, which
preceded the aforementioned foul by Aminu on Green that led to the 3-point
Boston led by as many as nine through the third quarter until the Pelicans
tied it up with 3:36 left.
The Pelicans were 3-of-15 from beyond the arc, while Boston shot 12-for-26
from distance ... New Orleans won its fifth straight game over Boston ... The
Celtics have dropped 19 straight road games versus West teams.
03/16 22:42:37 ET
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