Celtics beat a depleted Pelicans squad 107-97

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With no Brandon Ingram (right ankle) or Zion Williamson the Pelicans didn’t stand a chance to the Celtics. Boston won 107-97. 

Jayson Tatum was the leading scorer with 38 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists on the night. He shot 65% from the field and made 4 threes. Jaylen Brown scored 31 points shooting over 50% from the field. Josh Richardson was the only other player scoring in double digits which further screams out the issue surrounding the two stars. 

The Pelicans were behind from the start of the game. At one point in the first half the C’s were up 20. Being down 18 points at halftime 52-34. New Orleans tried their hardest to fight back even brining the game back to single digits in the fourth quarter. However, Tatum took over offensively by controlling the game. 

The leading scorer for the Pelicans was Jose Alvarado with 19 points. He was all over the floor. He took advantage of Al Horford and the mismatch that comes with it. Also stealing the ball from Marcus Smart and playing point. 

Jaylen Brown was boogying on the floor. He even dropped a player with a crossover before tossing a alley-oop to Robert Williams. Williams continuing his contribution with 8 points and 16 rebounds a few points shy of a double double. 

The good side for Boston is they won, the not so impressive side is it was against a depleted team. Nonetheless, the Celtics got the win and were able to share the ball here and there. 

Celtics now at 26-25 and still sit at the 8th seed in the eastern conference. They’ll play the Miami Heat Monday. 

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