Cavs Hand Pelicans Fourth Straight Loss
Kyrie Irving and LeBron James were simply too much for the Pelicans to overcome on Saturday night, and they dropped their fourth straight game.
Two of the most dynamic scorers in the game combined for 56 points, shooting 22-41 from the field. J.R Smith came off the bench and hit six three point shots for another 20 points, and New Orleans didn't have enough firepower to keep up. Losing by fifteen points (99-84) on the road makes the flight back a lot more uncomfortable.
As always, Anthony Davis did his part with 24 points (11-20 FG, 2-4 FT) and 11 rebounds, but Norris Cole was really the only player to help him out.
Cole posted an impressive stat line (26 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal), but he also led the team with five turnovers. It was a career-high for him in scoring, but it came without a win.
New Orleans made a valiant attempt in the middle portion of the game to make things interesting, shaving a 15 point Cleveland lead all the way down to four points at moments in the game. Cole's 14 points in the third quarter played a big part in the comeback, but aside from Jrue Holiday (12 pts), the rest of the Pelicans team didn't deliver. The Cavs pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Pelicans by 11, and sealed the deal.
It's been a frustrating year for New Orleans, and they now carry an 18-32 record approaching the All-Star Break.
Winning on the road is a tough task in any sport, but Alvin Gentry's 5-20 record away from the Smoothie King Center is a legitimate concern. The Pelicans are 6.5 games out of the eight spot in the Western Conference playoffs, and they don't look like a squad preparing to climb.