Jeff Teague

Pelicans Snap Hawks’ Nineteen Game Win Streak

by Jordan McGuire on February 3, 2015

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Mondays aren’t always dreadful. The Pelicans had six players score in double figures to end the Atlanta Hawks’ franchise best nineteen game winning streak Monday night 115-100. It looked as if Anthony Davis’ left groin was doing just fine as he had another MVP-like performance with 29 points and 13 rebounds with multiple explosive dunks that whipped the crowd into a frenzy time and time again.

Luckily, the Hawks had an off shooting night which allowed the Pelicans to play and shoot with confidence. Eric Gordon did a great job of hitting open jumpers and had a quick ten points before the half. Tyreke Evans has been playing very well as he has helmed the starting point guard position with the absence of Jrue Holiday. Reke had eight points to go along with six assists at the end of the first half. But none were better than the start of Anthony Davis, who was getting some early faint “MVP” chants (they would grow louder towards the end of the game). AD had 19 points and seven rebounds entering the locker room at half time and the Pelicans led the Hawks 55-42.

The Hawks tried to keep within single digits for the remainder of the game but never got closer than seven points. DeMarre Carroll dropped back-to-back threes in the third quarter to almost get within reach 60-53. But there was simply an answer for every Atlanta Hawk basket as the Pelicans entered the fourth quarter up 14 points.

With a large Monday night crowd in attendance at the Smoothie King Arena, it seemed that every dunk or big hustle play ignited both fans and players and victory was never in doubt. Two big plays stand out including a Tyreke Evans three pointer that banked off the glass as the shot clock was running down and the big time hustle play-and-dunk for Omer Asik. The Asik dunk took the wind completely out of Atlanta’s sails as everyone in the arena sensed that their streak was over.

Omer “Chairman of the Boards” Asik grabbed an impressive 17 rebounds. He defended both Horford and Millsap very well. Horford was held to only eight points.

For Atlanta, Jeff Teague scored 21 points and seven assists. Louisiana native Paul Millsap played well in stretches but was held to only 15 points, shooting 5-14 (36%). Both Millsap and Al Horford couldn’t handle the frontcourt of the Pelicans as Davis and Asik both had double-digit rebounds. One of the best shooters in NBA history, Kyle Korver had twelve but was helpless defending swingmen Quincy Pondexter, Ryan Anderson and Dante Cunningham. There’s more!

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