Pelicans Lose Heartbreaker To Wizards
Losing is never easy, but some wins are harder to endure than others. Saturday night in the nation's capital, the New Orleans Pelicans (23-32) suffered a heartbreaking loss, falling to the Washington Wizards 94-93.
Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis sunk two free throws with 7 seconds left in regulation, giving New Orleans a two point lead.
In need of some defense, coach Monty Williams made the puzzling decision to leave point guard Brian Roberts on Wizards All-Star John Wall. It was no surprise as Wall blew by Roberts with ease. His penetration caused the Pelicans to help on defense, opening up a wide open passing lane to big man Nene Hilario who was cutting to the goal.
Nene ended the Pelicans hopes Saturday on a game-winning slam dunk with 0.3 seconds left.
Nene was a thorn in the side of the Pelicans all night, scoring a game-high 30 points.
Davis led New Orleans with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and a steal. After the loss, he was in no mood to talk about his stats.
"We were down. We were up. We were down. We were up," said Davis. "To come in close and lose, especially on a play like that, is tough."
There were 22 lead changes Saturday night, as New Orleans fought through adversity most of the night.
Anthony Morrow led the Pelicans off the bench, scoring 18 points on 7-8 shooting from the field.
The Pelicans return home for a Monday night matchup with Los Angeles Clippers. Tip-off from the Smoothie King Center is set for 7:00.