Pelicans Declaw Grizzlies, Snap Losing Skid
With injuries and losses mounting, the New Orleans Pelicans needed a win. Thanks to Anthony Davis' 19th double-double, they got one Monday afternoon in Memphis, defeating the Grizzlies 95-92.
Davis struggled in the first half to find his offense, shooting 2-11 from the field, scoring only 6 points. However, his defense didn't take a back seat, as he defended one of the better bigs in the NBA in Zach Randolph. The second half was a different story, both for the Pelicans and for Davis.
New Orleans has struggled to maintain offensive in the second half of games, a big cause for their 8 game losing streak. Monday's matinee in Memphis saw the Pelicans flourish offensively, led by Davis, who scored 21 of his game-high 27 after halftime. The 27 points marks the 8th straight contest Davis has gone for 20+. In addition to his scoring, he grabbed 10 boards to register his 19th double-double this season, while also finishing with 4 steals and 4 blocks.
Down the stretch, he and Tyreke Evans made big buckets, helping the Pels snap their 8 game skid.
“We miss Ryan (Anderson) and Jrue (Holiday) a lot," explained Evans in postgame with FOX Sports New Orleans reporter Jen Hale. "With those two out, it’s tough for us to get to the basket and kick.”
However, that's exactly what a hobbled Evans was able to do late, finding Davis for the game-sealing jumper in the final 35 seconds of regulation.
“I had Tayshaun (Prince) on me, he’s a good defender, but I still wanted to get to the basket," said Evans. "A.D. helped me. He knocked down the shot.”
Evans, who admittingly is only at 75% with an injured right ankle, scored 11 of his 15 points in the 4th quarter, forcing the issue inside against a physical Memphis team.
He led a superb effort by the Pelicans bench, who outscored the Grizzlies bench 38-18.
New Orleans is 3-0 against the Grizzlies this season, with two of the three victories coming at Memphis.
The Pels return home for game two of a road/home back to back, hosting Evans' former team, the Sacramento Kings. Tip-off Tuesday night is set for 7:00.