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Performance Rankings: Pelicans at Pistons

The Pelicans first win on the road in the Eastern Conference came against the winners of 9 in their last 10, the Detroit Pistons. Go figure.

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On the strength of a 36-18 2nd quarter, the Pelicans beat the hottest team in the NBA, the Detroit Pistons, rather easily. The Pelicans never trailed in the game, and they seemed to play with a sense of purpose after their loss in Boston several nights ago.

Anthony Davis led the way with 27 points, but many others had wonderful games. In place of Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans nearly had a triple double: 18 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds. Ryan Anderson had 17, but perhaps the more pleasant surprises among the reserves were Jimmer Fredette and Quincy Pondexter. In the 2nd quarter, Jimmer had 8 points that helped the Pelicans turn the game into a blowout, meanwhile, Q-Pon hit 3 treys in the second half that ensured the Pels keep their healthy margin.

The million dollar question obviously is can the Pelicans build on an impressive win? Time and time again they have not been able to put together a streak after a quality win.

Stay tuned for David's full recap of the Pel's win in Detroit a bit later.

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