Pelicans Surge Past Grizzlies, Eric Gordon Shines
Before beginning a five game west coast road swing, the New Orleans Pelicans (11-10) earned a solid win at home Friday night, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies (10-12) by the score of 104-98.
New Orleans leaned on their backcourt of Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday. The two guards combined to score 45 points, propelling the Pels past the Griz. Eric Gordon (pictured) scored a game-high 25 points on an amazing 10-12 from the field. Holiday added a double-double of 20 points and 12 assists.
“I’ve shown that I can score at any point during the game,” Gordon said. “With me tonight, I was just hitting everything.”
When Gordon’s shot is falling, his head coach can only sit back and admire his game.
“That’s the Eric that I know can be an All-Star-type player on a night-in and night-out basis just because he’s not afraid to take big shots,” New Orleans coach Monty Williams said. “Eric’s really good at reading defenses, so he comes out and hits a big shot and then we just got stops when we needed.”
New Orleans needed to make stops late when Memphis cut a 19-point fourth quarter deficit down to 6 with less than 5 minutes to go in regulation. However, that’s when Gordon took over.
“You have to step up and take the lead in scoring,” explained Gordon. “We don’t have a lot of options with Tyreke being out.”
One unfortunate story coming out of the win was Tyreke Evans re-injurying his sprained left ankle late in the first half. After not playing in the second half, Evans was confident the injury wouldn’t linger.
“Just a little tweak,” said Evans. “Hopefully I’ll be back next game.”
X-Rays on Evans ankle came back negative.
Ryan Anderson added 18 points for the home team, while Al-Farouq Aminu chipped in 10.
New Orleans has won 5 of their last 7, but will soon embark on a tough 5 game road stretch. First up, a Sunday night showdown in Denver with the Nuggets. New Orleans will wrap up their road trip on December 23rd in Sacramento. In fact, they won’t play again in the Crescent City until two weeks from tonight.