Pelicans Parade To Lundi Gras Win In Minnesota
They don't really celebrate Lundi Gras in Minnesota, but the Pelicans paraded to a 116-102 win on the road in their Mardi Gras jerseys.
It should be a crime to make anybody from New Orleans hit the road during the Mardi Gras season, but the Pelicans will take a road win no matter the circumstances.
The win was never in question against the T-Wolves. The Pelicans took a 63-46 lead into the locker room, which was on pace to top their season high of 130 against Denver on December 20th. They never let up on the gas, maintaining a 20+ point lead for the majority of the second half, and they were allowed to let Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday rest to end the game.
Davis and Holiday combined for 54 points, and Ryan Anderson poured in another 26 points to suffocate the T-Wolves.
Anderson scored 15 of his 26 points in the 4th quarter, when Holiday and Davis were kicking back on the bench. Holiday (27 pts, 9 ast, 6 rebs, 3 stl) enjoyed watching the Pelicans' flamethrower heat things up in chilly Minnesota.
"I think he just found it," Holiday said after the game. They really don't want him to see the ball, so that's why I got so open so many times. From there, Ryan took care of everything else."
Holiday tried to be humble, but he carried the team in the early parts of the game.
The Pelicans jumped on the T-Wolves early on the road, and they picked up a much-needed road win. When Holiday is healthy, the Pelicans play like a potent offense under Alvin Gentry. The team hit ten total three points shots, and Holiday lit the place on fire off the benech to start the game.
"It was my night," Holiday said. "[I was] trying to get to the basket, trying to be aggressive, trying to look to score first then pass, and then work my way up that way."
The formula worked for Holiday. He got great help in the post from the most exciting young talent in the game.
Anthony Davis tends to step up against the top level talent in the NBA. Karl-Anthony Towns is a blossoming superstar on the northern crust of the country, and Davis got the better of their matchup. Towns (19 pts, 12 rebs) posted impressive numbers, but AD expressed his supremacy with 27 points (12-20 FG, 2-6 FT) and eight rebounds, even hitting a three point shot before laying back to watch a win.
Holiday was just happy to share the court with such a stud.
"When your superstar gets twenty-seven points, it makes the game a lot easier, and I guess helped out a little bit," Holiday said. He hung out on the bench, smiling with Davis down the final stretch of the game, "Fourth quarter ,you can chill like that when you're up by twenty-one."
Winning big and scoring a lot of points is fun. The Pelicans now have a 19-8 record when scoring 100+ points...they just happen to be 19-32 on the season.
The Pelicans defense might be a wreck, but at least they win games when they score! Sometimes, you have to stay on the bright side of life to get by.