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Davis questionable heading into Pelicans' visit to Celtics

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New Orleans Pelicans at Boston Celtics

  1. Boston kicked off its current five-game win streak with a 124-107 win in New Orleans on November 26. The Celtics have averaged 126.2 points over their last five games -- this is their highest scoring average in a five-game win streak since March 1985. Larry Bird averaged 41.2 points on 59.4 percent shooting in that span of games.
  2. The Pelicans beat the Pistons in Detroit yesterday, 116-108, picking up their second straight road win. New Orleans has gone 1-4 (.200) in the second game of back-to-backs this season, while Boston (last played on Saturday) has gone 7-1 (.875) with multiple off days this season.
  3. The Celtics beat the Bulls Saturday night in Chicago, 133-77, tying the largest margin of victory on the road in NBA history (56 points). The SuperSonics beat the Rockets in Houston by 56 points on December 6, 1986.
  4. Jrue Holiday scored 37 points in the win over Detroit, tying a career-high with six made three-pointers. Holiday also pulled down five rebounds, dished out five assists and picked up three steals in the game. James Harden has two 35+/5+/5+/3+ games this season; Holiday is joined by Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving and Nikola Jokic with one such game.
  5. Jaylen Brown has scored 20+ points in two straight games. He has come off the bench in both of these contests, his first two times doing so this season. He is averaging 22.0 points on 71.4 percent from the field as a sub after scoring 11.1 per game with a 39.8 field-goal percentage in 19 games as a starter.
  6. New Orleans ranks third in the NBA with a 48.2 field-goal percentage this season. Boston holds its opponents to 42.6 percent shooting in its home games, the lowest mark in the NBA.

BOSTON -- Celtics fans get to have their annual daydream on Monday night.

Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans are in town.

But Davis, who has been traded to Boston an infinite number of times in the minds of the Celtics faithful, may not even be on display as the Pelicans look to end Boston's five-game winning streak.

The Pelicans defeated the Pistons 116-108 in Detroit Sunday, but Davis was injured in the first quarter when he collided with Blake Griffin. He left the game with a left hip issue, returned in the second half and wound up playing 26 minutes.

But after the game, coach Alvin Gentry left Monday night very much up in the air.

"It will be evaluated later," Gentry said. "A lot of times it's the next day where the pain is. We'll have to wait and see. If he's not ready to go, we're not going to press the issue -- not less than 30 games into the season."

Jrue Holiday scored 37 points and Julius Randle had 28, and New Orleans won with Davis totaling six points, three before the injury, while adding nine rebounds and five blocked shots, making a difference despite his injury.

"He was hurt, so it took away from his aggression (on offense), but for him to have that type of impact on the defensive end, it really propelled us to the win," Randle said on radio after the game.

The Pelicans (14-14) have gone on a win-lose pattern through the last seven games, one of those defeats coming at the hands of the Celtics in New Orleans -- the first of the five straight wins for Boston as the Celtics have exploded out of a 10-10 record and all kinds of doubts with their winning streak.

Saturday night in Chicago, the Celtics recorded the loudest win in the proud history of the franchise -- handing the Bulls their worst-ever loss in a 133-77 rout.

Daniel Theis, getting a rare start because of injuries to Al Horford and Aron Baynes, scored a team-high 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and was an amazing plus-50 in the latest win.

Terry Rozier, who had 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists off the bench, thinks his team has quieted the early detractors.

"I mean, obviously it's been very good for us, winning our last couple games, so we want to keep it going," Rozier said. "And everybody can shut up, because everybody can be very annoying when we're losing. Very annoying."

While Horford and Baynes remained questionable for Monday night, Guerschon Yabusele left the game with a sprained right ankle and could be out for a while.

The Celtics opened Saturday night's game with a 17-0 run and cruised from there.

Marcus Smart tied team president Danny Ainge for ninth place on the Celtics' all-time 3-pointer list with 348 -- leading Ainge to tweet: "Uh oh, trade deadline moved up to Monday. Marcus is a stud."

To show you how the game has changed, Ainge needed 556 games and was 348-for-906 from behind the arc. Smart, hardly known as a shooter but never shy about hoisting them up, is 348-for-1,178 in just 286 games.

New Orleans swept the two-game series from the Celtics last year, ending Boston's three-game TD Garden winning streak over the Pelicans.

Updated December 9, 2018

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