Pelicans sweep season series vs Celtics | Inquirer Sports

Pelicans sweep season series vs Celtics

/ 02:18 PM March 30, 2021

Zion Williamson Pelicans

Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans takes a shot against Grant Williams #12 of the Boston Celtics during the first quarter at TD Garden on March 29, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Maddie Meyer / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Zion Williamson scored 28 points and Brandon Ingram added 25 as the visiting New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Boston Celtics 115-109 on Monday night.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 17, Josh Hart had 15 points and 15 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe scored 13 as the Pelicans made 16-of-31 3-pointers and completed a sweep of the season series. New Orleans defeated Boston 120-115 in overtime Feb. 21, overcoming a 24-point deficit.


Jayson Tatum scored 34, Kemba Walker had 23, Marcus Smart added 15, Payton Pritchard 11 and Luke Kornet 10 for the Celtics, who were beginning a seven-game home-stand.


Celtics All-Star guard Jaylen Brown did not play because of a hip contusion. Evan Fournier made his Boston debut after being acquired in a trade with Orlando last Thursday and missed all 10 of his shots, including five 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

The Celtics needed just three minutes to outscore the Pelicans 15-4 at the start of the third quarter and take a 70-68 lead.

The score was tied twice before New Orleans scored eight straight points.

Williamson’s layup with 12 seconds left gave the Pelicans an 88-81 lead at the end of the third quarter.

He scored the first four points of the fourth quarter and added two free throws for a 99-84 lead.

Boston used a 13-0 run to get within 110-107, but Ingram made a jumper with 33.1 seconds left and the Pelicans added three free throws.


Williamson didn’t score during the first four minutes, then scored five straight Pelicans points.

Ingram’s 3-pointer was the only basket by a Pelican other than Williamson in 5 1/2 minutes and cut Boston’s lead to 21-18.

Hart scored 10 points during the final 3:50 and New Orleans took a 32-27 lead at the end of the first quarter.

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The Pelicans increased the lead to nine points before the Celtics cut it to one.

New Orleans rebuilt the lead and Williamson’s putback with three seconds left gave the Pelicans a 64-55 halftime lead.


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TAGS: Boston Celtics, Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, NBA, New Orleans Pelicans, Zion Williamson

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