By Gethin Coolbaugh, Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) -- Marcus Smart made the most of his opportunity in Avery Bradley's absence.
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."