It was a new season, with a new name, but the same problem for the team from New Orleans.
The problem is the fourth quarter.
Indiana outscored New Orleans 36-24 in the fourth to claim a 95-90 win Wednesday night at New Orleans Arena. It was the Pelicans opener. Indiana is now 2-0.
Paul George hit a three pointer with 31 seconds to play to give Indiana an 89-85 lead. George had 32 points.
Eric Gordon led New Orleans with 25 points. Jrue Holliday, acquired in a draft night trade with Philadelphia, scored 24 points.
Anthony Davis scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. The Pelicans played without forward Ryan Anderson. Hours before the opener, the team announced that Anderson will be out one to three weeks with chip fracture in a toe on his right foot.
Indiana trailed 72-65 in the fourth. But, the Pacers went on a 14-5 run, capped by Lance Stephenson’s three pointer, to take the lead.
“They took it from us,” said Pelicans head coach Monty Williams. “We didn’t give it to them.”