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Irving's 26 points lead Boston past Pelicans, 124-107

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis had just trimmed New Orleans' deficit to a seemingly surmountable seven points when Boston's Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum combined to quickly squash any notion of a comeback.

Irving closed out a 26-point, 10-assist performance with a 3-pointer and a tough baseline fade over Davis, and the Celtics pulled away late for a 124-107 victory over the Pelicans on Monday night.

Tatum, who scored 20, threw down a right-handed dunk while being fouled by Davis with 2:26 left, at which point Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry began subbing out starters and fans started filing out, resigned to just New Orleans' second loss in 10 home games this season.

''It's closing time at that point,'' Irving said. ''We knew that we had the game in control just based upon our defensive schemes that we had out there.

''At winning time like that, I have the confidence in my teammates and confidence in my coaching staff to make the right plays and seek out the mismatches that we want,'' Irving added.

Davis finished with 27 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks, Nikola Mirotic hit six 3s as part of his 25 points, and Julius Randle added 15 points from the bench, but that wasn't enough to end what is now a four-game losing streak for New Orleans.

Al Horford scored 20 points, and Marcus Morris had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Boston, which punished the Pelicans for their 22 turnovers, converting them into 32 points.

''That's how we're used to playing. That's the team we know,'' Boston guard Marcus Smart said. ''We had different guys diving on the floor and doing multiple things on the defensive end.''

Irving had five steals, while Tatum and Horford each had three.

''We knew most of their plays and contested and used our length to our advantage,'' Irving said. ''When we're playing at that type of level, then we're tough to beat, because offensively it'll take care of itself. ... It felt good tonight to win like that because that's who we are.''

The Celtics put up 39 3s, hitting 19, a statistic that Gentry thought was as telling as his team's turnovers.

''It started with turnovers, but we gave up too many uncontested 3s,'' Gentry said. ''This team is a great 3-point shooting team anyway, so their bigs can shoot them, their perimeter guys can shoot them, and every time we got it within a workable distance, it was either a turnover or they made a 3.''

TIP-INS

Celtics: Terry Rozier scored 14 points. He also was assessed a technical foul in the second quarter after he tossed the ball away during a stoppage. ... Boston outscored New Orleans 42-34 in the paint. ... The Celtics improved to 6-7 on the road.

Pelicans: Jrue Holiday scored 13 points but also finished with eight turnovers. ... Forward Solomon Hill saw action for the first time since Nov. 1. He saw no playing time in 12 straight games before his 20 minutes against Boston. He had four rebounds, two points and an assist. ... New Orleans was 27 of 29 on three throws, but went 12 of 32 from 3.

SETTING THE TONE

New Orleans trailed nearly the entire game, falling behind early because of eight first-quarter turnovers that led to 11 Celtics points. Holiday, playing point guard instead of shooting guard while Elfrid Payton sits out with a broken finger, turned ball over five times in the opening period.

The Celtics opened up their largest lead with an 11-0 run that began with three straight three-point possessions: Irving's floater in the lane as he was fouled, Irving's 3-pointer and Tatum's driving layup while being fouled.

Rozier's layup capped the burst and made it 80-60 midway through the third quarter.

Soon after, Randle's free throws and Darius Miller's 3 ignited an 11-2 Pelicans run to close the period, trimming Boston's lead to 10 heading to the fourth.

Davis scored five straight points on a short fade as he was fouled and a pair of free throws to cut it to 93-87 with nearly nine minutes to play.

But Boston never let it get closer than that.

UP NEXT

Celtics host Cleveland on Friday night.

Pelicans host Washington on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
K. Irving
11 PG
J. Holiday
11 PG
36.2 Min. Per Game 36.2
20.0 Pts. Per Game 20.0
9.2 Ast. Per Game 9.2
4.4 Reb. Per Game 4.4
47.4 Field Goal % 46.2
47.6 Three Point % 46.2
82.5 Free Throw % 75.8
+ 2 Tim Frazier made finger-roll layup 0:02
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:06
  Defensive rebound by Robert Williams 0:30
  Darius Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:33
+ 2 Robert Williams made alley-oop shot, assist by Marcus Morris 0:40
  Lost ball turnover on Solomon Hill, stolen by Jayson Tatum 1:02
+ 3 Jayson Tatum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 1:15
  Defensive rebound by Robert Williams 1:32
  Solomon Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:35
  Team rebound 1:43
  Darius Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:45
Team Stats
Points 124 107
Field Goals 48-97 (49.5%) 34-77 (44.2%)
3-Pointers 19-39 (48.7%) 12-32 (37.5%)
Free Throws 9-10 (90.0%) 27-29 (93.1%)
Total Rebounds 47 48
Offensive 14 9
Defensive 28 31
Team 5 8
Assists 27 21
Steals 14 8
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 13 22
Fouls 25 20
Technicals 1 0
26 PTS, 5 REB, 10 AST
27 PTS, 16 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Celtics 11-10 34233235124
home team logo Pelicans 10-11 21273128107
Team Stats
away team logo Celtics 11-10 102.1 PPG 47.8 RPG 21.4 APG
home team logo Pelicans 10-11 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Irving PG 21.3 PPG 4.3 RPG 7.0 APG 38.5 FG%
A. Davis PF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Irving PG 26 PTS 5 REB 10 AST
A. Davis PF 27 PTS 16 REB 5 AST
49.5 FG% 44.2
48.7 3PT FG% 37.5
90.0 FT% 93.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Irving 26 5 10 10/22 5/10 1/1 2 31 5 0 6 2 3 +24 50
A. Horford 20 4 3 8/15 3/4 1/1 3 32 3 1 1 1 3 +11 33
J. Tatum 20 7 1 7/14 2/4 4/4 3 34 3 1 1 2 5 +29 32
M. Morris 19 11 3 8/14 3/7 0/0 4 30 0 0 1 4 7 +9 35
M. Smart 8 2 5 3/8 2/5 0/0 4 39 1 1 1 1 1 +12 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Irving 26 5 10 10/22 5/10 1/1 2 31 5 0 6 2 3 +24 50
A. Horford 20 4 3 8/15 3/4 1/1 3 32 3 1 1 1 3 +11 33
J. Tatum 20 7 1 7/14 2/4 4/4 3 34 3 1 1 2 5 +29 32
M. Morris 19 11 3 8/14 3/7 0/0 4 30 0 0 1 4 7 +9 35
M. Smart 8 2 5 3/8 2/5 0/0 4 39 1 1 1 1 1 +12 21
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Rozier 14 2 1 6/12 2/6 0/0 1 18 0 0 0 0 2 +5 18
A. Baynes 7 5 0 2/4 0/0 3/4 5 20 1 0 0 2 3 +5 13
G. Hayward 5 4 4 2/5 1/2 0/0 1 23 1 1 3 2 2 -8 16
S. Ojeleye 3 0 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 -2 3
R. Williams 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 +3 4
G. Yabusele 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0
B. Wanamaker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bird - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Theis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Lemon Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 124 42 27 48/97 19/39 9/10 25 234 14 4 13 14 28 +85 225
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Davis 27 16 5 8/19 0/2 11/12 2 37 3 3 5 4 12 -12 54
N. Mirotic 25 5 0 8/15 6/11 3/3 3 36 0 0 0 0 5 -12 30
J. Holiday 13 6 7 4/8 1/2 4/4 5 37 3 1 8 2 4 -2 29
W. Johnson 7 2 0 3/6 1/2 0/0 1 17 0 0 0 0 2 -22 9
E. Moore 5 0 2 2/7 1/3 0/0 1 25 0 0 2 0 0 -5 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Davis 27 16 5 8/19 0/2 11/12 2 37 3 3 5 4 12 -12 54
N. Mirotic 25 5 0 8/15 6/11 3/3 3 36 0 0 0 0 5 -12 30
J. Holiday 13 6 7 4/8 1/2 4/4 5 37 3 1 8 2 4 -2 29
W. Johnson 7 2 0 3/6 1/2 0/0 1 17 0 0 0 0 2 -22 9
E. Moore 5 0 2 2/7 1/3 0/0 1 25 0 0 2 0 0 -5 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Randle 15 5 2 3/8 0/1 9/10 2 21 1 1 3 2 3 -2 23
D. Miller 11 0 2 4/11 3/10 0/0 4 30 1 0 0 0 0 -10 16
S. Hill 2 4 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 20 0 0 1 1 3 0 7
T. Frazier 2 2 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 1 0 2 +1 5
I. Clark 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 -9 -1
C. Diallo 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
F. Jackson 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 1 0 0 -10 1
E. Payton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bluiett - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 107 40 21 34/77 12/32 27/29 20 236 8 5 22 9 31 -85 180