Davis Shoots Celtics to Fourth Straight
Boston 91, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 78
BOSTON, Jan. 23 (Ticker) -- Ricky Davis caught fire after halftime.
Davis scored 17 of his 32 points in the third quarter as the Boston Celtics posted a 91-78 victory over the New Orleans Hornets.
"It felt real good, the basket was kind of wide tonight," Davis said. "You don't see nobody, I don't even know who is guarding me out there. It is just a matter of getting the ball and getting it up."
Davis began his tear with a reverse jam for a three-point play with 4:04 to go in the period to cap a 15-2 run and give the Celtics a 66-53 advantage.
Davis then scored eight points in a 12-0 surge to close the period, making it 76-55. He drained a jumper with 2:45 left and consecutive 3-pointers just 24 seconds apart.
In finishing one point shy of his season high, Davis made 12-of-20 shots and handed out eight assists.
Raef LaFrentz, who made three 3-pointers in the third quarter, finished with 18 points and Paul Pierce added 16 and nine rebounds for Boston, which shot 70 percent (14-of-20) and went 5-of-6 from the arc in its 36-point period.
"When you see a couple of them go in, you feel good about your release and you feel good about where your at and that's what happened tonight," LaFrentz said. "My shot felt good, same shots that were usually there came into play tonight and I was able to knock them down."
David West scored 19 of his 21 points in the first half to pace the Hornets. J.R. Smith added most of his 16 points when the outcome already had been decided.
"We didn't play with a lot of effort, we came out kind of floating and coasting," West said. "We didn't get to our rotations, LaFrentz hit I think three threes wide open, we were trying to contain Ricky (Davis) some, but he started going and we just couldn't get stops and the game just got away from us."
Hornets rookie Chris Paul was held to eight points on 1-of-7 shooting.
"The defense was good for the most part all night," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought early on, Chris Paul, that was the game plan, just try to get the ball out of his hands and make somebody else make plays."
The Celtics held the Hornets to 27 percent (6-of-22) shooting in the third period and 36 percent (27-of-76) overall.
"I tried to urge our guys to come out in the third quarter with some urgency and try to get something going, we came out as flat as we did in the first half," Hornets coach Byron Scott said. "It's just a very bad effort on our part."