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Pelicans bounce back, rout Memphis

Games on back to back nights gave the Pelicans a chance to bounce back quickly.

New Orleans won at Memphis, 99-84 Wednesday night, one night after losing at home to Phoenix.

Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. The Pelicans led 33-18 after one quarter. But, this time there was no third quarter collapse. New Orleans outscored Memphis 28-16 in the third.

Eric Gordon led New Orleans with 19 points. Mike Conley of the Grizzlies led all scorers with 26 points.

New Orleans led by as many as 29 points in the fourth quarter. The Pelicans won despite making only 4 of 13 three pointers.

The Pelicans host the Lakers Friday night.


Pelicans fall to 1-3 with loss at home to Phoenix

New Orleans Pelicans jpbThe Phoenix Suns were supposed to be one of the worst teams in the West. Tuesday night, in New Orleans they looked like one of the best.

Eric Bledsoe scored 25 points, and the Suns scored 37 points in the third quarter as Phoenix beat New Orleans 104-98. The Pelicans have now lost two of their first three home games.

New Orleans jumped out to an early 14 point lead. Brian Roberts hit a three to give New Orleans a 27-13 lead. But, Phoenix stormed back in the third and took the lead. Gerald Green hit 6 three pointers, including a three ball from the left corner that gave Phoenix a 71-64 lead.

In the fourth, Phoenix led by two when Eric Gordon turned it over. Eric Bledsoe scored on a layup to give Phoenix an 89-85 lead. They were never threatened, again.

Gordon had 20 points for the Pelicans. Anthony Davis had 17 points, and 11 rebounds.

New Orleans, 1-3, plays at Memphis Wednesday night.

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Pacers rally in fourth quarter, defeat Pelicans

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.”





The Pelicans New Season Is Officially Underway

It’s the dawn of a new era for basketball fans in New Orleans.

“Wonderful for the city, wonderful for all the fans. We have a great team and we’re looking forward to a great season,” says one Pelicans fan.

“I’ve been looking forward to it ever since last season ended,” says a Pelicans fan.

“When we first tried to get a team people said we couldn’t get one and then said we couldn’t keep one and then they said if we got one they would leave, so tonight is really the beginning of a new relationship,” says New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Tonight the Pelicans take ownership of their new identity, spruced up uniforms, revamped arena, and they finally show off their new mascot: Pierre the Pelican.

Fans hope with this new identity comes new opportunities. They say this May be the season the team returns to the playoffs after a two year absence.