Pelicans Fall To Blazers In Tight One
Despite his injury issues of late, Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis played through back pain, getting his team off to a hot start in Portland. It wasn't that long ago that New Orleans was on a 5 game winning streak. However, Davis' hot start couldn't stop Portland from a dominant third quarter, helping the Blazers edge by the Pelicans Sunday night by the score of 100-94.
With the loss, the Pelicans have lost 5 in a row, making the 5 game winning streak feel like a distant memory.
Davis scored 11 of his 15 points in the first quarter, before New Orleans' bench came on strong in the 2nd. However, as has been the case many times this season, the 3rd quarter doomed the Pelicans.
"We had really poor defensive execution and our offense kind of led to that," explained head coach Monty Williams in regards to the 3rd. "We took some really tough shots and turned the ball over a number of times trying to dribble into traffic and let them get into transition, which is what they do really well."
New Orleans had trouble slowing down Blazers All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge in the second half. For the game, Aldridge finished with a game-high 25 points and game-high 18 rebounds.
The Pelicans didn't have a single standout scorer Sunday, but distributed the scoring nicely, as 6 players reached double-figures. Anthony Morrow continued his hot streak, scoring a team-high 17 off the bench. Austin Rivers added 14.
New Orleans will attempt to stop their current skid Wednesday night at home when they host the Phoenix Suns. Tip-off is set for 7:00.