Hornets sting Celtics, 87-86

Hornets sting Celtics, 87-86
March 20, 2013, 10:15 pm
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NEW ORLEANS — Close game, blowout game.

It doesn't really seem to matter much when the Boston Celtics face the New Orleans Hornets who squeaked out an 87-86 win over the C's.

Eric Gordon's driving lay-up to the basket was tipped in by Anthony Davis with 0.3 seconds to play.

Officials reviewed Davis' basket and said that it was good to the dismay of the Celtics who have now lost five of their last six game against the Hornets.

It was another night like many before with the Celtics once again bringing out the best in the league's bottom dwellers.

Celtics fans saw it on March 12 at Charlotte when the Bobcats crushed the C's by 26 points.

The game's ending was in stark contrast to how the C's opened with a 17-7 run.

New Orleans countered with an 11-6 surge of their own, but the Hornets could not get any closer as the Celtics took a 31-22 lead into the second quarter.

Boston's lead was sliced down to just two points (37-35) following New Orleans going on a 9-2 run.

Doc Rivers had seen enough and called a timeout.

The plan coming out of such timeouts is to swing the game's momentum, which is exactly what the Celtics did as Boston scored 11 of the game's next 12 points to take a comfortable 48-36 lead.

New Orleans was able to snip away at Boston's lead, but the C's were too balanced offensively in the quarter's final minutes for the Hornets who found themselves facing a 55-45 halftime deficit.

Boston's Jeff Green, who had a career-high 43 points against Miami on Monday, was off to another impressive start Wednesday with 13 points in the first half. Kevin Garnett led all players with 14 points at the half, while Paul Pierce had chipped in with 12. Although Brandon Bass only had six points in the first half, there was no mistaking former LSU star and Louisiana native's impact on the game.

Along with his scoring, he also had four rebounds. Even more telling was the fact that the Celtics were plus-17 with him on the floor, easily the best plus-minus ratio of any player in the first half.