Here are the scores, updates, and results of the NBA 2022-2023 Regular Season between the Boston Celtics (BOS) and the New Orleans Pelicans (NOP) on January 12, 2023 (All times are in Philippine Standard Time) at the TD Garden.
The Boston Celtics defends their homecourt against the visiting New Orleans Pelicans with a final score of 125-114 behind Tatum and Brown’s outstanding showcase.
Boston’s Brown and New Orleans’ McCollum had an epic duel in the Garden as both of them put up great efforts to win over the opposing squad. Jaylen Brown produced 41 points and 12 rebounds for Boston while McCollum had 38 points in the losing effort.
“He’s gotten himself going. It’s incredible to see how consistent he is,” coach Willie Green said regarding McCollum’s terrific game. “Unfortunately we just came up short tonight.”
This remarkable output from Brown marks his fifth 40-point output in his career. Tatum ended the contest with a double-double stat line, registering in 31 points and ten boards. Both key players for Boston have already combined for 70 or more points ten times already in their careers as teammates.
“I don’t think this is the best you will see,” Brown shared. “I definitely think we’ve got other limits to reach in the future, in our career. This is just part of the process.”
Joe Mazzulla, Boston’s head coach in the meantime, believes that both Tatum and Brown are putting the lessons gained from the their previous season’s weaknesses to use.
“To get to that point in your career when you know you need each other and you know you need your teammates — it’s a very powerful thing,” he said.
Brogdon added 20 points while Horford had 14 in the matchup alongside four three-pointers made.
Moreover, Boston is now 5-0 in their past five contests in their home floor.
“They continue to grow in front of our eyes,” Horford shared. “What we did last year and what they did last year leading us to the Finals, it shows a lot of growth on their end… Now I feel like they’re just playing basketball, trying to lead us.”
In their next matchup, Boston will face the formidable Brooklyn Nets that currently has the second-best record in the east with 27 victories and 13 setbacks.
Marshall had 18 points against the Celtics while Murphy III finished the matchup with 15 points and six rebounds.
Boston rises up to 30-12 while New Orleans falls down to 25-17.
Celtics vs Pelicans
32-35; 26-29; 27-33; 29-28
Celtics (125) Brown 41, Tatum 31, Brogdon 20, Horford 14, Williams 9
Pelicans (114) – McCollum 38, Marshall 18, Murphy III 15, Valanciunas 13, Alvarado 9