The Pelicans are in the win column! The start said it all, as Anthony Davis got a quick steal and flush to go up seven, then followed by a steal and Jrue Holiday three to go up by double-digits. The Pelicans put together a good two-way performance, cleaning up a bewildered Dallas team for their first win of the season.
Anthony Davis didn't return after the half with a right hip contusion, but that allowed Ryan Anderson to get more playing time. Anderson piled up 25 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out two assists and got two steals to go with it. He even shot the ball well too, going 10-16 from the floor and 2-4 from three.
Though Davis went out at half, he still had a productive game, finishing with 17 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Eric Gordon didn't have the most accurate shooting game (5-19 from the floor, 4-13 from three) but matched Davis' production with 17 points of his own.
Dallas had five players score in double figures, led by the old iron horse Dirk Nowitzki and his 18 points. Zaza Pachulia had 12 points and five rebounds, while rookie Justin Anderson finished with 11 points.
What did Dallas in was their shooting. From beyond the arc, the Mavericks hit just 25 percent of their threes (5-20), while New Orleans caught fire, going 14-33 from three, with Toney Douglas and his five threes leading the way.
We'll have a full recap later from Nikko, but it's good to see this team get off the losing streak and blow out the Mavericks. 34 combined points from Douglas and Ish Smith is a unicorn hands will probably never happen again, but remember, they kept and even extended the lead in the second half without Davis. A good blowout does the soul good.