Boston 81, New Orleans 83

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, December 31, 2010 3:00 PM
Location - TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Officials - #42 Eric Lewis, #22 Bill Spooner, # Haywoode Workman
Attendance - 18624

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
New Orleans 23 14 29 17 83
Boston 19 20 18 24 81

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New Orleans 19-14 13-4 6-10 W1
Boston 24-7 13-2 11-5 L2

Recap

Chris Paul led a balanced scoring effort with 20 points as the New Orleans Hornets upset the short-handed Celtics 83-81 at Boston on Friday afternoon.

The Celtics lost their second straight game and third in their last four outings when Ray Allen missed a potential game-tying jumper with five seconds to play.

Boston played without Rajon Rondo, who missed his seventh straight game with a sprained left ankle. Forward Kevin Garnett also missed the game with a strained right calf.

Rondo, who leads the league with 13.8 assists per game, went through a workout Friday but was kept out of the game by coach Doc Rivers.

The Hornets (19-14) snapped a tie game at 77-all late in the fourth quarter when Trevor Ariza buried a 3-pointer. David West then followed with a short jumper to give New Orleans an 82-77 lead with 54 seconds left and New Orleans never trailed again.

Boston (24-7) got a 12-footer from Pierce and a pair of free throws by Allen to cut the deficit to 82-81 with 21 seconds left.

West then hit one of two free throws to make it 83-81 with 19 seconds left before Allen missed a long jumper to tie it with five seconds left.

Four Hornets scored in double figures. West had 19 points and Emeka Okafor finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Allen led Boston with 18 points. The Celtics shot just 3-of-16 from 3-point range.

Top Game Performances

New Orleans   Boston
Chris Paul 20 Scoring Ray Allen 18
Chris Paul 11 Assists Ray Allen 4
Emeka Okafor 13 Rebounds Paul Pierce 7
Chris Paul 5 Free Throws Made Ray Allen 2
Chris Paul 6 Steals Marquis Daniels 2
Emeka Okafor 3 Blocks Jermaine O'Neal 3

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
New Orleans 83 43.4 5-12 12-21 21 35 7 10 12
Boston 81 44.7 3-16 10-15 16 40 8 6 19

Upcoming Games

  • Boston will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Celtics have a W/L % of .800 after a win and .667 after a loss.
  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against Washington . The Hornets have a W/L % of .611 after a win and .533 after a loss.
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