The Boston Celtics (36-31) and New Orleans Hornets (23-46) played a close game for the better part of 48 minutes, but it was a tip-in by Anthony Davis with just .3 seconds left that gave New Orleans the victory.
The game winning shot came as the result of a missed shot by Eric Gordon, but Boston was unable to corral the rebound. That allowed Davis to come over the top of Kevin Garnett to tip-in the miss. Davis finished with nine points on the night while Garnett had 20.
This snaps the Hornets four-game losing streak, and gives Boston its second straight loss. The Celtics looked well in control at halftime with a 10-point lead, but an offensively stagnant third quarter allowed the Hornets to take the lead early in the fourth.
The Celtics trailed by nine points in the fourth quarter, but Paul Pierce quickly took over, scoring nine points in a three minute stretch to give the Celtics a three point edge. Boston was unable to preserve that lead though, as New Orleans closed the game on a 6-2 run. Pierce led all scorers in the game with 28 points.
It’s only fitting that Boston lost because of their inability to rebound. The Celtics have been one of the league’s worst rebounding teams throughout the season. Tonight was no different as Boston was outrebounded by 17.
Boston’s bench was also disappointing. Two nights after scoring 43 points against the Heat, Jeff Green started the first quarter on the same torrid pace. Green scored 11 points in the first 12 minutes of action, but was held to just 13 points total on the night. The Celtics’ bench was outscored 39-17.
This is just another example of Boston’s road woes this season. The Celtics drop to 12-21 away from the TD Garden.
The next chance to snap this two-game skid will come Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks.