The Celtics have had trouble putting together a full 48 minutes all year long, but they came pretty close to that milestone in New Orleans on Monday night, leading wire-to-wire and closing out the game with a 17-7 run to pull away for a 124-107 over the Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. Kyrie Irving had a double-double with 26 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added a season-high 20 points and Marcus Smart provided a spark in his first start of the season at shooting guard in place of an injured Jaylen Brown.
Anthony Davis had a game-high 27 points and 16 points in the setback but he was relatively contained (8-of-19) by Al Horford from an efficiency standpoint. Nikola Mirotic also added 25 points for the hosts. The C's improved to 11-10 with the victory and now have three days of rest before returning to the TD Garden on Friday night.