Celtics fourth quarter heroics not enough, lose to Pelicans 115-109
Well so much for a win streak. The Celtics lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 115-109 and after a late fourth quarter comeback that saw them go on a 15-0 run until Brandon Ingram hit a tough mid-range jumper over Jayson Tatum. While the Celtics went on an impressive run late in the fourth, it ultimately came too late, as they started the quarter looking sluggish and disconnected, two issues that have plagued them all year.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 34-5-9 on 12/25 shooting, and scored 18 points in the first quarter. Celtics’ trade deadline acquisition Evan Fournier was 0/10 from the field and did not score in 32 minutes in his Celtics debut. Marcus Smart made a few questionable plays over the course of the game and was ultimately ejected from the game with under a minute left.
For the Pelicans, Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram carried most of the scoring load. Williamson scored 28 points with 8 rebounds, while Ingram scored 25 points while dishing out 9 assists. The Pelicans were lights out from the three-point line in the first half, and finished shooting 16/31 from three.
The Celtics dealt with tough officiating all game, including a late no-call on Pelicans’ Steven Adams, after Marcus Smart was knocked down. This is ultimately what led to Smart’s ejection, but it is what it is. The Celtics will look to bounce back on Wednesday against the Mavericks at 7:30 EST, as they play the second game of their seven game homestand.
This game has felt like one the Pelicans should be winning by 30.
Tatum has done nothing since the first quarter. Fournier has had a disaster debut. Smart has been a mess. Defense has been bad. Only Walker, Pritchard and Kornet have played well.