After the horrific collapse in their previous encounter against the Phoenix Suns, it seemed like New Orleans Pelicans are on the verge to meet the same in their latest match hosting Boston Celtics. Trailing by 24-points midway through the 3rd quarter, many had written off Pelicans to a loss. From the 6:29 mark of the third quarter through the end of overtime, New Orleans held Boston to just 36 points on 32 percent shooting as the Pelicans stormed back to complete the largest comeback in franchise history in a 120-115 win.
Talking about the players in particular Zion Williamson scored 24 of his 28 points after halftime and had 10 rebounds, four assists and a block for the Pelicans. While Brandon Ingram had an impressive 33-point game for the home team. For the Boston Celtics, their charge was led by Jayson Tatum, who knocked 32 points and Jaylen Brown, who added 25.
New Orleans Pelicans make a stunning 24-point comeback against Boston Celtics to win in OT
“It was a big win for us. We stayed true to who we were,” Pelicans forward Zion Williamson said as per ESPN. “We rallied back. Everybody, the coaches, the players, the ball boys, everybody was just engaged. We needed all that energy and we pulled through.”
“Whenever I’m in the pick-and-roll as the ball handler, I try to make the best read,” Williamson added. “I think in that situation, after me getting to the basket a couple times, I read that they were going to collapse. As soon as they collapsed, Brandon is a knockdown shooter. He was there so I made the pass. As y’all saw, he’s built for those moments.”
This was a much-needed win for the Pelicans, especially after they have lost 5 out of their 6 games. Ingram said the comeback itself it was he was most encouraged about. And it feels like something the Pelicans could use to get their season back on track.