Jayson Tatum and Boston looked good for a half in New Orleans. Anthony Davis’ Pelicans then realized the Celtics were severely shorthanded and went about dismantling Boston’s JV squad. New Orleans got 34 points from Davis and 11 assists from Rajon Rondo in a blowout victory to strengthen its grip on the No. 8 seed out West. The Celtics were again without Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. Tatum was strong early, matching Davis, but the rookie faded away to nothing in the fourth quarter. He took one shot and did not score in the final frame.
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