Pelicans beat Hornets 100 – 91

by Jordan McGuire on November 5, 2014

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A much needed third quarter boost pushed the Pelicans to victory. The Anthony Davis-led Pelicans outscored the Charlotte Hornets twenty-six to seventeen in the third quarter. Davis chipped in twelve in the third quarter alone. The big man had four mid-range jumpers in a row to pace the Pelicans to a 100 Р91 triumph against the team that wears their former name.

The unselfish play of Jrue Holiday was greatly appreciated as he dished out nine assists to go along with his sixteen points. Positive play from both Ryan Anderson and Austin Rivers off the bench was a huge key for the Pelicans. Not only did the two help preserve the win down the stretch, but had a hand in the Pelicans’ success from quarter to quarter.

The new Crescent City front court of Asik and Davis turned in double doubles. Asik finished with ten points and eleven rebounds while shooting a perfect four of four from the foul line. AD finished with a game-high twenty-four points, a game-high thirteen rebounds and a game-high three blocked shots. Davis was also perfect from the foul line going four of four.

The Pelicans tied the turnover battle by committing twelve turnovers and forcing twelve turnovers but the birds won the rebounding battle. Pelicans tallied forty-seven rebounds and held the Hornets to a meek thirty-four. Pels snagged eleven offensive rebounds over the course of the game. Added help from the backcourt, Tyreke Evans who dominated the glass-snatching ten rebounds. Tyreke also dominated the fourth quarter with countless efforts of getting into the paint and finishing at the rim.

Foul shots were executed to perfection last night for the Pelicans. The youngsters from New Orleans shot a perfect nineteen for nineteen from the charity stripe. Although the Pelicans only scored eight fast break points, it was nice seeing them flying in the open court looking for quick hitters or easy buckets. This team of young and athletic guards must play fast and stay fast if they want to do some damage in the Western Conference. With Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant out for an elongated period of time, every win counts for this young team from New Orleans.

Monty Williams was faced with a difficult decision late in the fourth quarter: let Eric Gordon play out of his slump or let an energetic Austin Rivers help close out the game. Monty ended up pulling Gordon and allowed Rivers to play impressive defense and play unselfishly down the stretch. Ultimately it was the right move as Gordon missed all of his six shots from the field in twenty-eight minutes of play.

As for the Hornets, Lance Stephenson was held to an abysmal two points and a plus/minus of -16. Al Jefferson and Gary Neal hurt the Pelicans. Jefferson dominated on the low block for a while, finishing with twenty points while Gary Neal buried an array of jumpers to finish with a team-high twenty-one points.

Pelicans will visit the reigning NBA champs, the San Antonio Spurs, this Saturday, November 8 at 8:30pm.