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Pelicans falter in the fourth, lose to Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies v New Orleans PelicansThe Pelicans three game win streak ended thanks to a cold second half.
New Orleans scored 31 second half points, 14 in the fourth quarter in a 90-88 loss to Memphis Wednesday night at the Smoothie King Center.
New Orleans was playing without guards Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans. Both missed the game with illness.
Mike Conley’s drive and floater in the lane win it for Memphis with 1.5 seconds to play. The Pelicans, out of time outs, had to settle for a game ending heave by Austin Rivers that fell short.
The Pelicans were outscored 23-14 in the fourth quarter.
“We just couldn’t score,” said head coach Monty Williams.
Anthony Davis scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for New Orleans. Off the bench, Austin Rivers scored 14 points and handed out 9 assists.
The Pelicans lost despite making all 22 free throw attempts.
New Orleans hosts Portland Friday night.


Pels lose 5th straight, Davis exits with injury

While New Orleans parties, the Pelicans continue their post All Star break blues.

The Pelicans lost All Star forward Anthony Davis in the second quarter with a sprained left shoulder, and lost at Dallas 108-89. The Pelicans are now 0-5 post All Star break.

The second quarter was key. Dallas outscored New Orleans 29-16 and Davis left with just over four minutes to play in the quarter after contact under the basket. Head coach Monty Williams said Davis’ injury “could be nothing”.

Davis missed 8  games earlier this season with a non-displaced fracture of his left hand. Monta Ellis had 23 points for Dallas. Eric Gordon scored 19 points for New Orleans.


Pelicans rally, then fall at Charlotte

PELICANS JPGFor the Pelicans, the story was familiar. Rally, then fall late in the 4th quarter.

The Pelicans rallied from 13 points down in the 4th to tie at Charlotte, but fell 90-87. Brian Roberts had 20 points for New Orleans, Anthony Davis 18 points.

The Pelicans trailed 77-64. They later tied the game at 84.  Charlotte scored 9 points in the final 00:39, all on free throws. Al Jefferson led the Bobcats with 33 points.

The Pelicans fell to 23-31 on the season.


Pels rally, then fall late to Knicks

New Orleans Pelicans jpbPre or post All Star Game, the Pelicans late game issues won’t go away. New Orleans erased a 13 point 4th quarter deficit, but scored only 2 points in the final 3:58 in a 98-91 loss to the Knicks at the Smoothie King Center Wednesday night.

Carmelo Anthony had two big baskets in the final 1:14. He scored 42 points for New York.  Eric Gordon scored 28 points for New Orleans. The Pelicans fell to 23-30 on the year.

New Orleans scored 11 straight points in the fourth quarter to cut a 13 point Knicks lead to 2. Brian Roberts hit a driving layup to give the Pelicans an 89-88 lead.

But, the Pelicans offense then fell silent.  Anthony Davis had 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks for the Pelicans.


Gordon brushes off trade rumors as trade deadline looms

PELICANS JPGIt won’t take long for Eric Gordon to know if he is a Pelican for the remainder of this season.

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday afternoon. Gordon is a talented guard, but is he worth $30.4 million over the final two seasons of his current contract?

Gordon said it is business as usual for him. “I am not really worried about it,” said Gordon of a possible trade. ” I have been hearing stuff for years. I think I am going to be here and I will be fine.”

Gordon is averaging 15.8 points a game. He has played in 49 games, second most on the club.


Pels head to break with win at Milwaukee

The Pelicans All Star had an off night, but it didn’t cost his team a victory.

Eric Gordon scored 21 points, Brian Roberts 17, and Alexis Ajinca had 16 as New Orleans won 102-98 Wednesday night at Milwaukee.

The Pelicans head to the All Star break with 23 wins and 29 losses.

Milwaukee has the worst record in the league with 9 wins in 52 games.

Anthony Davis, named as a reserve to the Western Conference All Star for Sunday’s game at the Smoothie King Center, scored 12 points and grabbed 1 rebound.

Davis played the fourth quarter with 4 fouls.

He played only 20 minutes.

Roberts had a key basket for New Orleans, a runner in the lane that gave his team a 98-95 lead.

Pelicans head coach Monty Williams is now 5-1 in his career against Milwaukee.

Pelicans second year forward Anthony Davis is averaging 20 points, 1o rebounds, and over 3 blocks per game. But, those are not numbers good enough to get him into the February 16th NBA All Star game at New Orleans Arena.

Davis failed to make the team as a reserve in a vote of Western Conference coaches. Each coach could not vote for his own player.

Davis was hindered by the stellar amount of talent in the West. The reserves are Houston’s Dwight Howard and James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard of Portland, Chris Paul of the Clippers, Tony Parker of San Antonio, and Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas.

Davis could still be voted in the game by new NBA commissioner Adam Silver. He could replace the injured Kobe Bryant of the Lakers.

Without their star forward, the Pelicans continue to thrive.

Jrue Holiday’s drive and three point play with 2.6 seconds left lifted New Orleans to a 131-128 triple overtime win over the Bulls in Chicago Monday night.

The Pelicans won on back to back nights, after Anthony Davis suffered a broken left hand early in the first quarter of Sunday’s game at New York.

Holiday’s 18 foot jumper with 3.9 in regulation tied the game and forced in overtime. In the third overtime, Ryan Anderson’s three pointer with 1:08 to play gave New Orleans a 127-126 lead. Joakim Noah’s running left handed hook in the lane tied the game and set up Holiday’s heroics.

Holiday had 19 points and 12 assists. Ryan Anderson led the Pelicans with 36 points on only 20 shots.

Eric Gordon scored 23 for New Orleans, now 9-8 for the season.

For the second straight season, Davis was injured in the game before he returned to his hometown of Chicago.

The Pelicans host Dallas Wednesday night.

This Pelicans came this close to winning at home Tuesday night.

Eric Gordon’s three point shot from the left corner went in and came out with :01 second to play as Golden State edged New Orleans 102-101 at New Orleans Arena.

The Pelicans lost despite holding the Warriors scoreless the last 2:12 of the game. Anthony Davis’ dunk follow with :47 seconds remaining cut Golden State’s lead to 102-101.

After a Golden State miss, Pelicans coach Monty Williams decided against a time out to set up a play. Jrue Holiday dribbled penetrated and found Gordon wide open.

The shot stayed out and New Orleans fell for the 8th time in 14 games.

Golden State’s Klay Thompson led all scorers with 22 points. Ryan Anderson scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Pelicans.