THE New Orleans Pelicans overcame a fourth-quarter Celtics rally, winning in overtime, 116-113, on Tuesday in Boston (Wednesday, Manila time).
Kyrie Irving had 27 points of 8 of 24 shooting for Boston.
Anthony Davis' fullcourt heave after the third quarter Sunday was too late to give him points, though it gave him that unstoppable feeling great players get.
Jrue Holiday hit two big baskets in the extra period to push the Pelicans to their third straight win.
The Pelicans, Celtics and Warriors can all make compelling cases for Davis to sign long-term with them in the future.
The loss compounded the misery for Celtics fans, who had earlier learnt of the death of club legend Jo Jo White, a two-time National Basketball Association champion and Olympic gold medallist.
Still, the Celtics only trailed by 10. They were down 16 after one, even further back late in the third and still down nine with 4 1/2 minutes left in regulation. Aron Baynes next to Horford has disrupted pretty much every team the Celtics have faced, the problem is that it leaves something to be desired having one less shooter on the offensive end.
The comeback attempt seemed to be just a tease, though, as the Green fell behind by 10 again at the start of the final frame. None of those first five squads traveled to Atlanta on the next night in a back-to-back situation like the Pelicans did Wednesday, but that group is only a combined 2-2 at Philips Arena in 2017-18, meaning just because you win in MA, doesn't mean you'll do so in Georgia.
At this very early point in what could be a lengthy Davis saga, it seems like there are three teams that are starting to separate themselves from the pack as potential long-term homes for the All-Star big man.
"You gotta play the whole way through and tonight, obviously, it's a 53-minute game", Stevens told reporters after the game.
The Boston Celtics are finally getting back on the court and they are finally going to have a normal schedule the rest of the way.
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Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway each scored 25 points for the Knicks, who lost their third straight and 10th in their last 12 games.
Evan Fournier scored a season-high 32 points to help the Orlando Magic break a seven-game losing streak with a 108-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Boston will look to bounce back Thursday night when they host the 76ers at TD Garden.
Analysis: The Pelicans and Celtics meet up in a game that might have more drama off the court than on it.