The Boston Celtics were down by as many as 18 points against the New Orleans Pelicans, but a strong second-half push allowed them to finish with a 12-point win.

Boston started the game ice cold from the field. They could only manage to score 24 points over the first 20 minutes of game time and seemed to be heading towards an uninspired blowout loss. Fortunately for Boston, something clicked and they were able to find a rhythm late in the second quarter and cut an 18-point deficit down to just seven before the halftime break.

The third quarter started with both teams trading buckets until the Celtics were finally able to take their first lead of the game. A Dennis Schroder three-pointer with 33 seconds left in the quarter put Boston in front and they never trailed again.

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An aggressive start to the fourth saw Boston’s lead balloon all the way to 17 points before they would cruise to an easy 12-point victory. The Celtics were able to win thanks to Jayson Tatum’s big second half.

Tatum scored 21 of his game-high 27 points in the second half including 12 in the fourth quarter. Dennis Schroder and Jaylen Brown were able to compliment his play with each of them tallying an efficient 23 points of their own.

With the Celtics’ win, they move to 23-22 on the season and it is their first time over .500 since December 7th. They will take on the Charlotte Hornets in their next meeting on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET in the Boston Garden.

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