The New Orleans Pelicans picked up their second victory of the season, and it came in one of the unlikeliest matchups they've had so far on the schedule. Entering tonight's contest, the San Antonio had the second best record in the league at 9-2.
The Spurs started the game on an 8-0 run and many fans immediately had the thought, here we go again. However, the Pelicans stormed right back with a 14-5 run of their own. New Orleans finished the first quarter ahead by several points, and most of that could be attributed to the free throw disparity. The Pelicans had 11 trips to the charity stripe, 9 more than the Spurs.
In the second quarter, Ryan Anderson flipped on the ignition switch. The Flamethrower dropped 14 points in the frame and that included 4 three-pointers. At halftime, the Pelicans held a strong 48-41 lead, with the bench contributing 26 of the points.
For seemingly the first time in the season, New Orleans came out with a passion in the second half and they never let up. The Spurs closed the gap multiple times to just a basket or two, but instead of breaking like they typically had prior to tonight, the Pelicans held fast. A number of the players came up with big games or big plays.
Ryan Anderson led the way with 30 points, 7 rebounds and, count them, 6 three-pointers. Anthony Davis had a 20-point, 18-rebound and 3-block night, but it could be argued Ish Smith was more instrumental in the win: 17 points, 13 assists and 4 rebounds.
Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 22 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 20.
Stay tuned for the full recap. For the first time this season, I get to write about a win!