NBA: Brandon Ingram helps Pelicans defeat Celtics in OT

Brandon Ingram of the New Orleans Pelicans scored 33 points during the game against the Boston Celtics on Feb 21, 2021. PHOTO: AFP

NEW ORLEANS (REUTERS) - Brandon Ingram scored 33 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer with 34.4 seconds left in overtime, as the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 24-point deficit to defeat the Boston Celtics 120-115 in the National Basketball Association on Sunday (Feb 21).

Zion Williamson had 28 points and 10 rebounds to help lead the largest comeback in New Orleans history. Josh Hart had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Lonzo Ball scored 16.

Jayson Tatum scored 32, Jaylen Brown had 25, Tristan Thomson and Kemba Walker added 14 each and Aaron Nesmith had 10 to lead the Celtics.

After an exchange of baskets to start the overtime scoring, Williamson made one of two free throws.

Brown made a lay-up to give Boston a 112-111 lead with 1min 12sec left. Ingram tied it with a free throw and added a three-pointer to give the Pelicans a 115-112 lead.

Walker missed a three-pointer and Hart hit two free throws for a five-point lead with 18.6 seconds left as New Orleans closed it out.

At the end of the fourth quarter, Ball made one of two free throws to give the Pelicans a one-point lead with 32.2 remaining.

Tatum's jumper from the circle put the Celtics back on top before Williamson's three-point play gave New Orleans a 108-106 lead with 6.9 seconds left.

Tatum scored on a short floater with 0.2sec left to send the game into overtime.

The Celtics had led by 13 entering the fourth quarter, but Hart scored eight straight Pelicans points to help pull them within 93-90.

Brown answered with a three-pointer for Boston's first field goal in more than four minutes, but Ingram responded with a three-point play.

Ingram's three-pointer tied the score at 98 with 4:10 remaining.

After an exchange of three-pointers, Ball fed Williamson for a lay-up and Hart added a free throw to give New Orleans a 104-101 lead. Brown's three-point play tied the score again.

Boston had led by 16 at half-time and maintained a 20-plus-point lead for most of the quarter.

Williamson finally reached double figures with a lay-up that cut the Celtics lead to 87-74 at the end of the third quarter.

In Orlando, Nikola Vucevic poured in 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Magic topped the visiting Detroit Pistons 105-96.

In Cleveland, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-101 win over the Cavaliers.

In Tampa, Fred VanVleet scored 23 points and had nine assists as the Toronto Raptors defeated the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 110-103.

In New York, Julius Randle hit the tying and go-ahead free throws with 32 seconds remaining as the Knicks squandered a 21-point third-quarter lead before coming back for a 103-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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