Anthony Davis continued his recent torrid streak on the road in Boston on Tuesday night, powering his New Orleans Pelicans to a statement overtime win. The big man had 45 points and 16 rebounds to help the Pelicans edge the Boston Celtics in overtime, 116-113, putting an end to the Celtics' seven-game win streak. DeMarcus Cousins added 19 points and 15 rebounds and Jrue Holiday chipped in 23, as those three scorers combined for all 12 of the Pelicans' points in overtime. The Celtics suffered their first loss of 2018 despite rallying from a 12-point deficit to lead by five in regulation. Kyrie Irving scored 27 points, 24 of which came in the second half to power the comeback, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown added 16 points apiece in the loss, as the Celtics attempted a season-high 50 three-pointers on the night. That included going 1-for-4 from beyond the arc in overtime, where Boston had just nine points. The biggest quarter of the comeback for the Celtics was the third quarter, where they put up 32 points, led by Irving's 16 points in those 12 minutes. The Pelicans have a quick bounce back when they visit the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. The Celtics will stay home to host the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.
Young, Oklahoma Fall to Kansas State
The Oklahoma Sooners have the most talked about player in college basketball right now, but the star was on the wrong side of history on Tuesday night. Trae Young committed a Big 12-record 12 turnovers as the fourth-ranked Sooners fell to unranked Kansas State, 87-69. Barry Brown had 24 points and Dean Wade added 21 for the Wildcats, who shot 56 percent from the floor, including 52 percent from three-point range in the upset victory. Young finished the night at 8-of-21 shooting, including 2-for-10 from three-point range, for 20 points and six assists, which is the fewest amount of points he's had since putting up 15 in his college debut. A different Big 12 record of Young's came to an end on Tuesday, as his streak of 14 straight games with at least 25 points was stopped in the loss. He did not get much help elsewhere on Tuesday, as Rashard Odomes had 16 points and Brady Manek scored 12 in Oklahoma's third loss overall, and second in conference play. The Wildcats earned their first win over a ranked team this season, and their first victory over a top-5 team since beating then No. 2 Oklahoma two years ago. They will play host to another ranked team in No. 24 TCU on Saturday, while the Sooners visit in-state rivals, Oklahoma State, that same day.
Strong Second Half Powers South Carolina to Upset
The SEC Conference has been shaken up a good amount this season, and that trend continued with another upset on Tuesday night. The 23rd-ranked Kentucky Wildcats fell on the road to the South Carolina Gamecocks, 76-68, for their second loss of conference play. Chris Silva tied a career high with 27 points to help the Gamecocks rally from a 14-point, second half deficit. The Wildcats' 16 turnovers played a big role in them blowing this lead, despite them out-shooting South Carolina overall, 45 percent-38 percent. Their dismal 9.1 percent mark from three-point range stopped them from pulling away for good, despite the Gamecocks shooting just 21.7 percent from beyond the arc. South Carolina outscored Kentucky, 36-14, in the final 12:28 seconds of regulation, powered by Silva's 12 points during that stretch. Kevin Knox led Kentucky with 21 points, but no other Wildcat had more than 10 points in the loss. Frank Booker had 18 points for South Carolina, who has won three of four since starting SEC play 0-2. They will look to stay hot when they host No. 21 Tennessee on Saturday night. The Wildcats will return home that same night to host Florida.