Celtics can’t dig themselves out of early hole: Kemba Walker scored a game-high 35 points but it was not enough for a shorthanded Celtics squad missing Jayson Tatum and Enes Kanter. The Pelicans had their way on the offensive end all night long, leading by as many as 23 in a 123-108 victory. Zion Williamson posted 21 points and 11 rebounds in his first career win while Jrue Holiday added 25 points for the hosts as a fully healthy Pelicans squad looked far superior to the 18-29 squad that they’ve been to date.
Boston struggled mightily on the glass in this one as the Pelicans piled up 18 offensive rebounds while also shooting 44 percent from 3-point range, scoring 29 points or more in all four quarters. Gordon Hayward added 25 points and Jaylen Brown scored 20 points in his return from a sprained ankle but it was not enough to keep pace with the Pelicans firepower, especially with Boston’s bench getting outscored 38-8.
The C’s have their three-game winning streak snapped and head now to close out their three-game road trip with a matchup in Miami Tuesday night.