By Stephen Ur III –
The Boston Celtics hosted the New Orleans Pelicans at TD Garden in Boston on Wednesday night, looking to extend on their three-game win streak. New Orleans was still without star Zion Williamson for this game.
It was a back-and-forth game through most of the first quarter and the Celtics had four six-point leads in the final four minutes of the first quarter. Jose Alvarado scored on a layup and made the foul shot in the final 30 seconds of the quarter to make it a 35-32 score after the first 12 minutes.
Boston opened the second quarter on a 9-0 run in the first three minutes and led 44-32 with 8:53 left in the half. The Pelicans went on a 7-0 run of their own and closed the gap to five at 44-39. They would keep it close for the remainder of the half and the Celtics led 64-58 at halftime.
After a closely contested third quarter where the two teams combined for 60 points and the Celtics led 97-85, Boston opened up a lead as big as 19 and never let up en route to a 125-114 win.
Jaylen Brown led all players with 41 points on 15 of 21 shooting. CJ McCollum led New Orleans with 38 points on 15 of 24 shooting.
The Celtics will look to win their fifth game in a row when they take on the Brooklyn Nets tomorrow night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.