It's been a thing for awhile now, but the national attention has been slow to climb on board the Pelicans beating up on teams with better records. Tonight, New Orleans absolutely ripped through the NBA's newest darling, the Atlanta Hawks. Cue all deserving praise.
It's easy to overreact to this kind of performance but this will be six of seven for the Pels. They're staying in this race.— Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) February 3, 2015
New Orleans dominated the stat line. FG%, REB, AST, 3PTM, BLK, you name it, the Pelicans out-tallied the Hawks. Anthony Davis led the way with 29 points and 12 rebounds, but he had all the help in the world. Tyreke Evans, point guard, cracked double digits in assists again and added 15 points to boot. (Btw, did you know he's now made a three in 9 straight games? His previous career best was 6 games.) Omer Asik had 9 points and 17 rebounds. Eric Gordon had 20 big points, and all four of his three's must have felt like daggers for Hawk fans.
In all, six Pelicans scored in double figures. Dante Cunningham and Quincy Pondexter continued to flaunt excellent defensive effort. Jimmer Fredette even added 10 points, 3 assists, 2 three's and 2 blocks.
Stay tuned for David Starcer's full recap a bit later, but let's enjoy this win folks. It was impressive AND it came against the Hawks who had won 19 straight games.