The Boston Celtics saw their three-game win streak snapped in a 123-108 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Boston got behind by as many as 23 points, before rallying several times in the second half. In the end, they couldn’t get over the hump.
The Celtics lost despite a big night from Kemba Walker. Walker scored 35 points, including 23 in the second half. After an 0-for-7 start, Walker finished 10-of-24 from the floor. He also grabbed five rebounds and handed out four assists.
Walker was joined in the scoring efforts by Gordon Hayward, who had 23 points. Jaylen Brown scored 20, while Daniel Theis added 15 points and nine rebounds.
Boston played without Jayson Tatum for the second straight game, after he suffered a strained right groin against the Memphis Grizzlies last Wednesday.
The Pelicans were led in scoring by Jrue Holiday, who put up 25 points. He was joined in double-figures by rookie sensation Zion Williamson, who scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the double-double.
Brandon Ingram added 16 points for the Pelicans, while veteran center Derrick Favors scored 15 points and snagged 10 rebound for a double-double of his own.
JJ Redick scored 17 points off the New Orleans bench. That was part of a 38-8 advantage in bench scoring for the Pelicans.
Boston was also hurt on the glass, as they played without Enes Kanter for a second game in a row. The Pelicans grabbed 18 offensive rebounds, including seven from Williamson.
Boston will complete their three-game road trip in Miami, as they take on the Heat on Tuesday night