Davis’ Career High Not Enough, Suns Top Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans (23-35) have not won a game since the All-Star break, increasing their losing streak to 6 games Friday night in Phoenix, losing to the Suns 116-104.
Despite a career-night from All-Star Anthony Davis, the Pelicans couldn't stop Goran Dragic. Phoenix's point guard dropped a career-high 40 points, reminding the league that he was an All-Star snub.
Davis was a game-time decision after spraining his left shoulder Wednesday. Despite that, he matched Dragic's excellence, scoring a career-high 32 points on only 18 field goal attempts. Add 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, and 1 block, and it was another stat stuffing night for Davis.
Like Davis, Dragic was a game-time decision due to an ankle injury. In a nationally televised game for ESPN, ESPN was the biggest winner, as Davis and Dragic shined, creating plenty of highlights and plenty of offense.
In the end, it came down to defense, and red hot shooting from the Suns. While Brian Roberts struggled to stay in front of Dragic, New Orleans' defensive rotations and effort weren't vacant, but rather, a half-second too late. Roberts is a decent offensive player, but his weak defense is keeping the Pelicans from winning games.
The Suns buried 10 triples, and shot an impressive 26-32 from the charity stripe.
Monty Williams made a few changes, starting Tyreke Evans (who finished with 14 points) while demoting Al-Farouq Aminu to the bench. Aminu played 13 minutes, which is probably 8 minutes too long, but it's a start.
Pelicans guard Eric Gordon was efficient, scoring 21 on 7-10 from the field.
New Orleans will play the second game of a road back-to-back Saturday night in Los Angeles when they face the Clippers. Tip-off is set for 9:30.