New Orleans 106, Boston 105
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, November 14, 2016
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS — In an early season filled with so many almosts, the New Orleans Pelicans finally got a chance Monday night to savor what it’s like to make the critical, close-out plays that had eluded them during their woeful 1-9 start. The result was a 106-105 victory over the Boston Celtics, the Pelicans’ first home victory of the season after five losses at the Smoothie King Center.
Anthony Davis scored 25 points and guard Tim Frazier made a key steal on an inbounds play and canned two foul shots in the final 14.8 seconds to give the Pelicans the victory. The situation created significant pressure on New Orleans.
“It’s not a monkey — (it’s) a gorilla, maybe,” said New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry, referring to the mounting pressure created by the Pelicans’ early-season struggles. “It’s big. We have to win games at home. For us to hang on to win I think is really big. I’m not going to be one of those guys who says, ‘Nah, it not (a big deal).’ No, it’s a big deal.”
Trailing 103-102 with 33.1 seconds left, the Pelicans went to Davis, who missed a jumper in the lane but tracked down his own rebound — his 16th of the game — and was fouled. Davis made both free throws to put the Pelicans up 104-103 with 24.7 seconds left.
Davis got a piece of Avery Bradley’s deep 3-pointer on the Celtics’ next possession, but Boston controlled the ball when it went out of bounds in a rebound scrum.