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Pelicans Fall Short Against Suns

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The New Orleans Pelicans (3-4) two-game winning streak was snapped Sunday in Phoenix as the surprise Suns (5-2) topped the Pels 101-94. It’s the second time in less than a week Phoenix has beaten the Pelicans, winning in New Orleans back on Tuesday.

As they did on Tuesday, the Suns bench handled the Pelican reserves. Markieff Morris came off the pine to score 23 for Phoenix, while the entire New Orleans bench only scored 20, 16 of which came from Anthony Morrow (pictured left with coach Monty Williams). Morrow was the only effective reserve, while Phoenix’s second unit scored 49.

Four Pelican starters reached double-figures, including Center Jason Smith who scored a season-high 22, while pulling down 8 boards. Jrue Holiday scored 16, and Eric Gordon added 14.

Anthony Davis, who has been sensational 7 games into the season, continued to put up impressive numbers, registering his 5th double-double in 7 games. Davis scored 16, grabbed 12 boards and 4 steals, and added an assist and block for good measure. It was the first time this season Davis didn’t block at least 3 shots. Credit the Suns for part of that.

Phoenix shot well from the outside, drawing Davis out of the paint and toward the perimeter.

New Orleans now travels to Los Angeles for a Tuesday night matchup with the Lakers. If the game is anything like the one the two clubs played Friday in the Crescent City, Pelicans fans will be happy. Tip-off is set for 9:00.

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