The effort was not there for the sleepy Celtics, as they fell to a storm of interior scoring from Robin Lopez and the New Orleans frontcourt. They dropped 48 points in the paint on Boston, while putting the clamps down defensively. Boston tallied only 15 points in the final frame.
Lopez tossed in 17 points, while Al-Farouq Aminu had a game-high 18. Greivis Vasquez absorbed the Avery Bradley buzz saw and came out the other side with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
In a losing effort for the home team, Kevin Garnett posted 15 points. There was little else to speak of for the Celtics, who were looking to make up some nice ground in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Boston falls to 20-18 and will take on the Chicago Bulls Friday night. New Orleans picked up the win to move to 13-26 on the season. They head home to face the Golden State Warriors Saturday.