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Boston 104, New Orleans 92
When: 12:30 PM ET, Monday, January 17, 2022
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Officials: #35 Jason Goldenberg, #78 Evan Scott, #23 Tre Maddox
Attendance: 19156

Jayson Tatum scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Boston Celtics rallied from 18 points down to beat the visiting New Orleans Pelicans 104-92 in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee on Monday.

Dennis Schroder scored 23 points with nine assists and five boards, and Jaylen Brown had 23 points and eight boards. Al Horford contributed 12 points and seven rebounds for Boston, which earned a second straight win and its fifth victory in six games overall.

Jonas Valanciunas posted a double-double with 22 points and 14 boards to pace the Pelicans. Herbert Jones scored 16 and Brandon Ingram totaled 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

The Pelicans suffered a second straight loss after winning three of their four previous contests.

Boston played without starters Marcus Smart (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) and Robert Williams III (personal reasons). Smart missed his fourth straight game -- the first of which last Wednesday was due to a right thigh contusion.

New Orleans remained without star forward Zion Williamson as he rehabs a foot injury away from the team. Kira Lewis Jr. also remains out after suffering a season-ending ACL tear and MCL sprain in his right knee.

New Orleans was up 46-39 at halftime after stretching its lead to 18 points in the second quarter. The Pelicans led 42-24 after Devonte' Graham's 3-pointer with 4:23 left before Boston closed the period on a 15-4 surge.

Boston took its first lead on Schroder's 3-pointer with 33.8 seconds remaining in the third as the hosts outscored New Orleans 32-23 in the third quarter to carry a 71-69 advantage into the fourth.

The Celtics continued their offensive onslaught in the final period, leading by as many as 17 while outscoring the Pelicans 33-23.

The Pelicans opened a 29-18 lead after the first quarter.

Boston continues its four-game homestand on Wednesday night against Charlotte. New Orleans wraps up its three-game road trip at New York on Thursday night.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
New Orleans   Boston
Jonas Valanciunas 22 Scoring Jayson Tatum 27
Brandon Ingram 6 Assists Dennis Schroder 9
Jonas Valanciunas 14 Rebounds Jaylen Brown 8
Herbert Jones 4 Free Throws Made Jayson Tatum 9
Jose Alvarado 2 Steals Josh Richardson 2
Jaxson Hayes 2 Blocks Enes Freedom 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
New Orleans 92 41.4 9-30 11-18 23 41 4 10 12
Boston 104 47.5 10-32 18-20 22 47 4 6 14
Upcoming Games
  • Boston will play their next game at home against Charlotte. The Celtics have a W/L % of .455 after a win and .565 after a loss.
  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against New York. The Pelicans have a W/L % of .312 after a win and .393 after a loss.