(WVUE) - The Pelicans appeared to be resigned to their fate in the early-goings Wednesday night at Boston as they trailed by double digits most of the first half, but a 14-0 run that started late in the third quarter nearly propelled the visitors to victory. Alas, the Celtics outscored New Orleans 11-4 in the final two minutes to pull out the win, 104-97.
Toney Douglas led six Pelicans in double-digits with 19 points but could not keep pace with Boston guard Isaiah Thomas' 32 points. The Celtics improve to 46-32, maintaining their hold on the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, Alvin Gentry's depleted squad returns to New Orleans for a three-game home stand with a 29-49 record. First up for the sixth-worst team in the NBA is the second-worst, the Los Angeles Lakers as Kobe Bryant plays his final game in the Crescent City.