The Boston Celtics are starting to find their groove and perhaps a boost of confidence in the second half of the 2021-22 NBA season.
The C’s defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 104-92 in Monday afternoon’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee at TD Garden. Boston trailed 29-18 after the first quarter, and it served as a wakeup call for the C’s, who outscored the Pelicans 86-63 over the final three quarters.
The Celtics have now won four of their last five games, and they’ll continue their homestand Wednesday night versus the Charlotte Hornets.
Here are three takeaways from Celtics-Pelicans.
1) C’s erase deficit with impressive fight
The Celtics trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half, but instead of folding and jacking up bad shots, they fought back and cut the deficit to seven by halftime.
After outscoring the Pelicans 32-23 in the third quarter to take their first lead of the game at 71-69, the C’s continued to pour it on the fourth quarter and closed out a 104-92 victory.
Jayson Tatum led the charge in the final quarter. He scored nine points in the first five minutes of the frame to grow Boston’s lead from two points to 15. The two-time All-Star scored 12 points in the quarter overall to lead all players with 27 on the afternoon.
Tatum also showed off his playmaking skill with a sweet bounce pass to Aaron Nesmith for the…