Despite an extraordinary 39-point performance by Jeff Green, the New Orleans Pelicans (27-39) held their ground over the Boston Celtics (22-45) in overtime 121-120 on Sunday.
In the fourth quarter, the Celtics were down 13 points with five minutes remaining in the game. Boston, who has overcomed adveristy in the fourth quarter many times this season, made their way back with a 10-2 run to close the lead to three points with three minutes left in the contest.
With five seconds left on the clock in regulation time, Green was fouled on a three-point shot by Pelicans forward Al-Farouq Aminu. Green made all three count with the game tied at 110.
Anthony Davis, an uprising star after a disappointing first year in the league, hit a clutch, two-pointer jumper from the elbow with little time remaining. Davis finished with a stellar 40-point and 21-rebound performance.
Kris Humphries, a gold mine in the Brooklyn Nets trade this past summer, has been playing lights out recently, and his play in the expiring seconds of the fourth quarter was sensational after knocking in a 18-foot jumper from the corner to put the Celtics into overtime all notted up at 112
Overtime wasn't as entertaining as the rest of the game. The Celtics and Pelicans combined for 17 points.
With 10 seconds remaining in extra time, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo drew New Orlean's defense inside and found Jared Sullinger on the wing for a chance at a three-point shot, but Sullinger missed short and the Celtics let the clock run out without committing a foul.
The Celtics shot 46-percent from the field and had 28 points off turnovers, but allowed the Pelicans to shoot 50-percent for the game and score a whopping 70 points in the paint.
Humphries added 16 points and 12 rebounds and Sullinger netted 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Boston drops their 14th consecutive game against the Western Conference with the loss, and will look put that losing streak to a halt on a visit to Dallas to play the Mavericks on Monday in a St. Patrick's Day showdown at 8:30 p.m.