Defense Key In Pelicans 99-91 Win Over Knicks
For the first time all season, the Pelicans won a game without having to score 100 points. How about a little defense in New Orleans?
The Knicks did their part in the third quarter, where they went over six minutes without scoring. New York only scored ten points in the third, which was the lowest point total the Pelicans defense allowed in a quarter all season long. The defense led to a 19-5 run to head into the fourth quarter, which was enough to ride out for a win, 99-91.
Without Anthony Davis, a scrappy bunch went out and picked up a W.
Jrue Holiday (22 pts, 6 rebs, 6 ast, 4 stls) picked up the leadership role in the win, even though he had to miss the final minute after taking an accidental elbow to the eye from Kristaps Porzingis.
Holiday's star power led the way, but it was the role players that pushed the Pels over the edge.
Dante Cunningham, Toney Douglas, Luke Babbitt and Alexis Ajinca all contributed double-figures in the scoring column (full box score), and Alonzo Gee provided solid energy before leaving with a quad injury (did not return).
We're not even going to worry about that injury right now. In an injury riddled-season, let's just focus on the positive. After all, the Pelicans found a way to win without scoring 100 points. It's not every day you get to talk about defense in the NBA, so don't waste the chance getting caught up in ANOTHER Pelican player suffering an injury.
New Orleans made it a three man offensive show for New York. Carmelo Anthony needed 22 shots to get his 22 points, and Porzingis and Robin Lopez were the only other Knicks to break double-figures. Even more impressive, New Orleans held the Knicks to only two points in transition. In a half court game, they let Melo ballhog New York into a loss.
Up next, the Pelicans try to break the San Antonio Spurs' 46 game home winning streak. Remember, we're trying to be optimistic, Pels fans. We can do this. Flock Up...just don't look at the injury report.