Anthony Davis led the Pelicans netting 23 points on nine of twelve shooting from the field. Davis also secured nine rebounds and blocked three shots.
Five more Pelicans scored in double digits. Tyreke Evans finished with an impressive 16 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. Ryan Anderson scored 13 points and grabbed seven boards. Anderson was forced to leave the game with an injury in the fourth quarter.
Despite shooting only 34.8% from the field, the Celtics stayed in the game hitting 22 of 28 free throws (82.1%).
Down 93-92, Celtics power forward Kris Humphries came up big with a block on a driving Tyreke Evans. Evans got the ball back, but he stepped on the line, giving the C’s a chance with 20 seconds to go.
Point guard Avery Bradley had a legitimate chance to give the Celtics the lead, but his contested layup missed. Brandon Bass missed a low-percentage follow-up opportunity, and Anthony Davis came away with his ninth and most crucial rebound of the game.
The Celtics were forced to foul, and Brian Roberts hit both free throws to give the Pelicans a 95-92 lead with six seconds on the clock. Jared Sullinger’s last chance three failed to go down, and the Pelicans won in Boston.
Next game: The Celtics play at Oklahoma City on Sunday at 7 pm ET. The Pelicans play at Indiana on Saturday at 7 pm ET.