By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully
By the 6:25 mark in the first quarter, the Celtics led the New Orleans Pelicans 11-10. Anthony Davis scored his team’s first 6 points while grabbing two rebounds before heading to the bench with two fouls.
It was all Boston from then on out.
Isaiah Thomas was on fire in the first half only missing one shot (8-9) and dropped 19 points. He ended his night with a game high 22 points in the Celtics 111-93 win over the Pelicans.
The Celtics did a good job neutralizing Davis (16 points on 8-21 shooting, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks), but it was the defensive effort Boston did on the New Orleans starting backcourt that was the difference maker. Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans combined for 0 points while their counterparts Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas totaled 33 points.
Celtics go 3-2 on the long five game road trip and will have a tough stretch when they return to the TD Garden to face Chicago and Golden State.
- Jared Sullinger had a great game totaling a career high 20 rebounds to go with 11 points and was a plus-32 against Davis and the Pelicans.
- Replacing the injured R.J. Hunter (hip flexor), James Young came in and impressed in the expanded role off the bench. In 20 minutes he had 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. With each positive play he made, you could see his confidence building.
- Avery Bradley continued to stay hot from beyond the 3-point line going 3-5 from deep and was on the receiving end of this beautiful passing play.
- This is one of the more noteworthy wins of the season for the Celtics. Despite New Orleans record, they’ve been playing much better basketball now that they’ve had some players come back from injury and beat a LeBron James led Cavs in OT on Friday. Ainge seems to have enjoyed himself tonight.
- Speaking of the birthday Bird, here is the GOAT hitting a crazy 3 in New Orleans (watch the opposing team’s bench).