Celtics Vs. Hornets: Glen Davis, Boston Drop New Orleans, 89-85

Glen Davis had 20 points and eight rebounds as the Boston Celtics erased a 15-point deficit to defeat the New Orleans Hornets, 89-85, on Saturday night. Ray Allen scored 20 for Boston. Read more at CelticsBlog and At The Hive.

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Celtics Vs. Hornets: Glen Davis, Boston Drop New Orleans, 89-85

Glen Davis had 20 points and eight rebounds as the Boston Celtics erased a 15-point deficit to defeat the New Orleans Hornets, 89-85, on Saturday night. Ray Allen scored 20 and Kevin Garnett added 12 points and nine rebounds for Boston.

Boston (49-19) overcame a 15-point deficit to defeat the Hornets and reclaim a share of the top spot in the Eastern Conference. New Orleans (40-31) led 51-40 at halftime but was outscored 27-13 in the third quarter and 22-21 in the final twelve minutes.

Ray Allen also scored 20 points for the Celtics, who made 35-of-68 field goals (51.5%) and 16-of-19 free throws (84.2%) in the victory. Jeff Green had 10 points and Paul Pierce (four rebounds, six assists), Rajon Rondo (five assists) and Delonte West (five assists) all scored nine points a piece for Boston.

David West racked up 32 points, eight rebounds, two steals and two block for the Hornets, who shot 45.2% from the field. Marco Belinelli scored 23 points, Emeka Okafor had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Trevor Ariza added 10 points and eight boards for New Orleans. Chris Paul finished with four points, 15 assists and seven rebounds.

Boston returns to TD Garden to host Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks on Monday.

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Celtics vs. Hornets: Rajon Rondo, Boston Take On New Orleans

The Celtics may be 2-8 in the second half of back-to-back sets on the road this season, but it's safe to assume they're more than happy to get right back out on the court on Saturday night in the wake of Friday's no-show in Houston.

Beaten every which way in a dreadful first half by the Rockets en route to a 93-77 loss on Friday, the Celts will look to bounce back in New Orleans against the Hornets (40-30) on Sunday night at 8 p.m. EDT (TV/Radio: CSNNE/WEEI).

New Orleans will be looking to sweep the season series from the Celtics after beating them 83-81 on New Year's Eve at TD Garden. Boston (48-19) was without Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo in that one, with Hornets star point guard Chris Paul doing most of the damage by scoring 20 points, dishing 11 assists, grabbing six steals and posting five boards.

Countering Paul on Saturday will be Rondo, who continues to struggle. He was a paltry 2-for-11 against the Rockets with only six assists, marking his fourth straight subpar performance. Rondo is just 4-for-29 in his last four games and has averaged just 6.5 assists over that stretch, down five per game from his season average.

Rondo's slump has affected the entire Celtics offense, which has scored 100 points or more just three times in nine games this month and has not recorded a 100-point game in five straight outings. Ray Allen has put up just 12.2 PPG in his last five contests, including eight points against Houston, while Paul Pierce has averaged 9.3 points in his last three games on the road and has managed to average 12.4 PPG during the last five games.

Luckily for Boston, their chief competition for first place overall in the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls, lost on Friday night as well, and will be idle on Saturday. A win will vault the C's ahead of the Bulls for the conference's top spot by a half-game.

Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal continues to travel and practice with the team, but will not suit up in the Crescent City and is unlikely to return to game action before the C's return home to face the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night at TD Garden.

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