What the New Orleans Pelicans had to say about 121-120 OT win over the Celtics (3/16/14)

Pelicans Coach Monty Williams
On Anthony Davis

“I think he can do this 10 to 15 times a year just because he is so gifted and does things for the right reason. Obviously he has great athletic ability, but some of that stuff is just him. We try to put him in a position where he can be a dominant player. When you go for those kind of numbers (40 points and 21 rebounds) that’s a lot of God given talent. At the end he could’ve dunked the ball, but he has enough savvy to know that you just have to run the clock out. It’s not about stats. Everything he does is about the team and trying to help us win.”

On the overall game

“Looking at the stat sheet, without looking at the film, I’m pleased with the third quarter. The second quarter defensively was abysmal for us, but the third quarter we had a 20-point quarter and that got us back into the game. In overtime we did enough to squeak out a one-point win. I am proud of our guys.”

Pelicans Guard Tyreke Evans
On the win
“Wild game! Right off the bat, we talked about trying to play better defense and get stops up and down the court. We have to give Boston credit because they played a good game. They run their stuff hard and (Rajon) Rondo is fast. We just played our style. A.D. was the main thing. He played one of the best games I’ve seen since I’ve been here. Jeff Green came out hot, but kind of cooled down in the second half. It’s tough going against them because they play hard, but we did well finishing out the game.”

On the play of Anthony Davis
“He’s playing amazing basketball. Every night he just brings it. I have to give him credit for his improvement. Through his hard work, he’s become one of the premier players in the league.”

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis
On the win
“It was tough. Coach said it would be that type of game. It was the type of game that you practice hard for each and every day. (Kris) Humphries made a terrific shot in the corner, which meant five more minutes of defense. They got to the line early in overtime. We had to fight to get to the basket and get some stops, then knock down our free throws. That’s what we have to do to keep getting wins.”

On his play in the last few games
“We’re trying to finish this season out trying to get more wins. My teammates tell me that they feed off my energy and they want me to be great so, I can’t be timid and (need to) do whatever it takes to help my team win. We’re definitely going to enjoy it, but we are not going to stop here. We know we have a game coming up that’s going to be tough, but we are going to battle each and every night.”