Jazz Destroy Pelicans In Most Lopsided Loss Of Season
The phrase "Jazz embarrasses New Orleans" was likely never said until tonight, but the team in Utah with the musical name attributed most with the Crescent City did just that to the Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center.
The 127-94 loss is the most lopsided of the season for New Orleans, who gave up 127 to a Jazz team who's offense ranks last in pace of play.
New Orleans didn't look bad in the first half, shooting an impressive 50% in the first quarter and an absurd 77% in the second. Despite the solid shooting, the Pelicans couldn't keep the Jazz from scoring, as Utah led 62-53 at the half.
In the second half, Utah's offense scored at will, while the Pelicans shooting percentage dropped to a paltry 25% in the third and 32% in the fourth.
"Defensively, they made it tough for us to get into any offensive set," said Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry. "They shot the ball well. Joe Johnson shot the ball extremely well."
35 year old Joe Johnson scored 27 points in 24 minutes for the Jazz, with All-Star Gordon Hayward adding 17 in 26 minutes.
It was the 10th consecutive game New Orleans allowed 100 or more points, tying a franchise record.
Terrence Jones led New Orleans in scoring with 21.
Anthony Davis finished with a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) and 6 blocks.
The loss is the 5th and 6 games for the Pelicans, who drop their record to 20-33. Things don't get easier, as they play 6 of the next 7 on the road.