Donatas Motiejunas

Pelicans Fall Short To The Houston Rockets

by Jordan McGuire on March 26, 2015

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Last night, Anthony Davis went for 24 points and 14 rebounds but missed a dreadful eight free throws on route to the 95 – 93 loss to the Houston Rockets. The team as a whole shot a disappointing 20-32 (62.5%) from the charity stripe and gave up too many open looks from in the paint and beyond the arc.

At one point, the Pelicans had a 17 point lead and crumbled in the second and third quarters being outscored 58 – 36. James Harden led the way for the Rockets scoring 25 points followed by former Hornet Trevor Ariza who scored 22 points going 9-13 from the field. The dark horse X-Factor in this match-up was the seven-footer from Lithuania Donatas Motiejunas. Try saying that name five times fast. The Lithuanian big man played 37 minutes and scored 21 points and seemed to have an answer to every Pelican basket. His footwork and touch with both hands around the basket gave the Pelican front court fits throughout the night.

Eric Gordon finished the night without making a basket but did shoot 6-8 from the foul line giving him six points. Tyreke Evans led the Pels in scoring shooting an incredible 4-6 from long distance and finished with 28 points. I think it’s safe to say we have found our point guard in the Crescent City. He powered by defenders, hit open jumpers and created havoc at times on the defensive end. Who knows if and when Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson will be back in the lineup of a team that’s playoff dreams are slowly fading away. Don’t know how much longer Pelicans fans can keep hitting the snooze button in hopes of making the playoff dream a reality.

This loss caps a four game losing streak for the Pelicans and pushes them to 3.5 games behind the Russell Westbrook-led Oklahoma City Thunder. Pelicans claimed that illustrious eighth seed for a brief moment before dropping six of their last ten games. Next up for the Pelicans is Friday, March 27 as they will host the Sacramento Kings at 7pm. Below is the current state of the race for eighth for the Western Conference playoffs.

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