Pelicans Blow Big Lead, Lose To Spurs
The New Orleans Pelicans (20-27) led the San Antonio Spurs (35-13) 54-42 at halftime, but couldn't slow down Tony Parker and Tim Duncan in the third and fourth quarters.
Parker and Duncan scored a combined 36 in the second half, with Parker getting to the rim for layups time and time again. A quick first step, coupled with a masterful pick and roll, and Parker was handling the Pelican defense late. He finished with a game-high 32 points, while Duncan added 21 of his own.
"Our team defense really struggled. We couldn’t keep the ball in front of us, especially in the 4th quarter," said Pelicans coach Monty Williams. "We played 3 good quarters, but in the 4th, the ball kept going by us. When you’re not scoring on top of that…it’s like a double whammy.”
Heading into the 4th quarter, New Orleans led San Antonio 76-64, but the Spurs dominated the final frame, outscoring the Pelicans 38-19.
Anthony Davis finished with a double-double of 17 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks, but struggled to find an offensive rhythm, going 6-21 from the field.
Anthony Morrow (pictured) was the most effective Pelican on offense, scoring a team-high 20 points on only 9 shots in 22 minutes of play. Eric Gordon scored 19.
Already playing without Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, and Jason Smith, the Pelicans lost Tyreke Evans to a rib injury in the first half.
New Orleans has now lost 6 straight to San Antonio. Next up, the Pels play host to the Atlanta Hawks this Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 7:00.