A win's a win, but the Jekyll and Hyde stuff just won't quit. After a double digit deficit early, the Pelicans rallied to grab 1-point lead at halftime. The momentum continued throughout the 3rd quarter and Eric Gordon nailed a three at the buzzer to extend the lead to an insurmountable 17 point advantage.
Or so one would think. The Grizzlies, much like the game back in November, made a hellacious charge and whittled the lead to 6, with close to five minutes remaining. Once again, our guys held on for the win but I'd bet the local alcoholics anonymous probably lost a few members.
- Jrue Holiday was magnificent: 20 points, 12 assists, 2 rebounds, 3 3PTM, 1 steal and ZERO turnovers. For as bad as he looked early in the season, he's been equally brilliant the last 10 games or so. At this rate, Jrue deserves quite a few #NBABallot #NOP tweets.
- Not to be outdone, Eric Gordon might have an even had a better night: 25 points on 12 shots! (10-12 FG, 3-3 3FG, 2-2 FT). He also chipped in 4 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and block against 2 turnovers.
- Ryan Anderson struggles from the perimeter continued (2-9 3FG), but his hustle was outstanding throughout. The highlights had to be his rejection of Zach Randolph and his long fight for for an offensive board after Smith missed a bunny late.
- Tyreke Evans twisted his ankle during the last play of the 1st half but was instrumental for the Pelicans turning their fortunes around. Although he didn't have an official shot attempt, he made all 6 freebies and his energy helped pace the Pelicans 2nd quarter. Let's hope this latest sprain isn't severe, but MZURK has a point, let's get him fully healthy before something worse happens.
- Al-Farouq Aminu, once again, had his mix of good and bad moments. He came up with some nice blocks and had some good aggressive forays into the paint. However, it'd be nice if he just stays away from long jumpers, especially ones early in the shot clock.
- Pelicans were out-rebounded by 11 and outscored in the paint by 14, but they overcame these disparities through excellent efficiency -- 51.3 FG%, 40.9 3FG%, 85 FT% and only 6 turnovers.
- Anthony Davis was sitting on the sidelines without his blue hand wrap. Also, prior to the game, FSNO showed footage of him shooting jumpers. His return can't be all that far away folks.
With tonight's win, the Pelicans sit 1 game above .500 (11-10). As it's been mentioned, the going will continue to get tougher -- the next four games are all on the road (DEN, GSW, LAC and POR). Can we pick up 1 win? Should we dare dream about 2?