No one who was in attendance for Sunday’s game between the Celtics and Pelicans wanted it to end. Too bad Tyreke Evans was on the court.
Evans put the Pelicans on his back to close out one of the craziest NBA games of the season. He scored five of New Orleans’ first seven points in overtime to give his team a lead it would never relinquish.
Boston opened up the overtime session with two free throws from Jeff Green. Evans responded with one of his own, and then after a floater by Brian Roberts, he made the next two baskets of the game. Evans drove to the basket for a driving layup to put the Pelicans up by three, then made it a two-possession game about 40 seconds later with a smooth finger roll.
Those baskets gave New Orleans just enough of a cushion to take home an overtime victory. The Celtics did manage to make it a one-point game with 5.7 seconds left on the clock, but the Pelicans dribbled the clock out to end an incredible game.
Key Box Score Line
When asked about Anthony Davis prior to Sunday's game against New Orleans, Brad Stevens said, "He's scary good."
We found out just how accurate that statement was once the game tipped off.
Davis put together one of the most impressive box score lines in recent memory by totaling 40 points, 21 rebounds and three blocked shots. He became the first player with a 40-20 game since Dwight Howard in 2012 and just the EIGHTH player since 1985 to reach those totals in a single game.
What's most impressive about the performance is that Davis didn't even come close to controlling the ball. Every point he scored, every rebound he grabbed, and every shot he blocked occurred because he was exactly where he needed to be. What a unique and powerful skill.
Box Score Nuggets
- The Celtics scored 40 more points (120) than they did Friday night.
- New Orleans scored 70 points in the paint.
- Jeff Green's 39 points were four more than Boston's other four starters totaled.
- Boston shot nearly identical percentages from the field (46.4 percent) and 3-point range (46.2 percent).
- Anthony Davis totaled 40 points, 21 rebounds and there blocked shots.
- Five Celtics grabbed one steal apiece.
- Green shot 11-of-12 from the free-throw line, while Davis shot 12-of-12.
- The Celtics dished out 33 assists, highlighted by Rajon Rondo's game-high 14.
- Kris Humphries tallied a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
- New Orleans made only three 3-pointers in the game.
- Both teams scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to lead to overtime.
Quote of the Night
I think he’s unreal. You know, I came into the game in January thinking, yea, he’s an All Star, and I leave here after twice playing him saying, if there are ten guys better in the league, I haven’t seen them. He’s really a special player. Brad Stevens on Anthony DavisMore quotes >>