Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart power Celtics past Pelicans, 117-108

BOSTON Isaiah Thomas scored 38 points, Marcus Smart included a season-high 22 and the Boston Celtics beat the New Orleans Pelicans 117-108 on Saturday night.

It was the 21st sequential 20-point amusement for Thomas. Gerald Green scored 15 and Kelly Olynyk had 12 off the seat as the Celtics (23-14) indented their fourth straight win.

Anthony Davis had 36 focuses and 15 bounce back, while Langston Galloway scored 20 focuses for the Pelicans (14-24), who have dropped three in succession.

Boston blew open the diversion with a 36-point second from last quarter and drove 93-73 entering the fourth.

Davis scored half of the Pelicans’ focuses amid a 14-4 keep running in the opening four minutes. His snare shot with 3:09 remaining in the quarter again pushed the prompt to twofold digits at 25-15.

Boston replied with a 13-3 run topped by six straight focuses from Smart, incorporating his 3-pointer with 39.5 seconds left to tie it at 28. E’Twaun Moore’s jumper and free toss on the flip side gave New Orleans a 31-28 lead through one.

Moore’s floater halfway during that time gave the Pelicans their biggest lead of the period at 49-42. Shrewd started another Celtics keep running with his 3 a moment later.

Al Horford’s 3-pointer with 2:05 remaining in the half gave Boston its first lead at 52-51, topping the 10-2 surge. Brilliant’s third 3 of the half pushed the pave the way to six and the Celtics took a 57-53 lead into halftime.

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