Ordinarily, New Orleans Pelicans reserve guard Brian Roberts wouldn't have been in the game in the waning seconds and the game still in the balance.

But with Pelicans coach Monty Williams in search of someone to help secure a tough road win, he called on Roberts, who despite his limited role on the team, remains one of its best free throw shooters.

And just as it was designed, Roberts had the ball in his hands and came through, making a pair of free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining to help the New Orleans Pelicans hold on for a 95-92 victory against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.

"That was big," said Roberts, who scored 11 points as part of a second-unit that scored 52 for the Pelicans. "It feels good to have the confidence of the coach and my teammates to put me out there in that situation where we need to put free throw shooters out there on the floor. Coach designed it so that I was the guy who was going to come and get the ball, so it felt good to go out there and knock them down."