NBA: New Orleans 87, Boston 86

March 20, 2013 at 11:33 PM
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NEW ORLEANS, March 20 (UPI) -- A tip-in by Anthony Davis with three-tenths of a second remaining Wednesday brought New Orleans an 87-86 triumph over Boston.

The Hornets snapped a four-game losing streak, overcoming a seven-point deficit midway through the final period.

New Orleans held Boston scoreless for the final 1:54 after Brandon Bass had given the Celtics a five-point lead with a follow shot.

Two free throws by Ryan Anderson brought New Orleans within one with 35 seconds to go, after which Boston's Paul Pierce missed a jumper near the end of the 24-second shot clock.

New Orleans worked the ball to Eric Gordon for a drive and an attempt at a game-winning layup. That shot missed, but Davis was there to tip it home.

Anderson led the way for the Hornets with 21 points and Gordon had 18. Kevin Garnett, coming back from a two-game absence due to a thigh injury and flu-like symptoms, scored 20 points for Boston while Pierce had 28.

Boston was coming off a 105-103 loss to Miami, a game in which Jeff Green scored 43 points. Green had 13 against New Orleans.

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