Leading by a point, New Orleans managed to survive a missed Celtics shot with eight seconds left in regulation and hold on to a nail biter in Boston.
Coach Monty Williams noted that the Pelicans weren’t as sharp they normally are, due in part to the fact the team wasn’t able to practice like they were scheduled to. He also pointed out that the Celtics were on a similar hectic schedule — the home team’s flight arrived in Boston at noon CST following a flight Friday morning from Chicago.
“We had a rough couple of days, tough loss in Minnesota,” said Williams. “Then, we were going to practice and we had to get out of Minnesota, so we’ve been ripping and running a lot like (Boston).
“I thought we weren’t sharp because we haven’t practiced, but that was no excuse for the sluggish play in the first half.”
New Orleans (15-16) lost its leading scorer this season early in the fourth quarter during a scary moment.