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Celtics defeat Pelicans 117-108! Thomas Drops 38. Report, Highlights, Stats

With Bradley sidelined by a strained Achilles tendon, Smart scored a season-high 22 points to help the Boston Celtics to a 117-108 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.

"(My mentality was) just to bring it early," said Smart, who scored nine of his 15 first-half points in the opening quarter. "Avery Bradley was out, it's a tough game."

Smart also contributed five rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals.

"He cannot score a point, he can miss eight shots and not make any, and he can still have a positive impact on winning," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of Smart.

Isaiah Thomas did his part with a 38-point outburst, his 21st consecutive 20-point game. Gerald Green scored 15 and Kelly Olynyk had 12 off the bench as the Celtics (23-14) notched their fourth straight win.

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