Sigh. This. One. Hurt.
Yeah, the team was missing Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday, but for much of the game, this one felt like it should have ended up as a win. In the 3rd quarter, the Pelicans were up 64-50, but then it all came crashing down -- 5 straight turnovers and a blocked shot to boot brought the Jazz right back into it.
Outside of a brilliant stretch led by none other than Luke Babbitt and numerous Eric Gordon threes, the fourth quarter was also a struggle. Mainly, Tyreke Evans couldn't make a shot nor stop turning the ball over.
Gordon led the way with a season high 31 points including drilling 7 of 8 from three point range. Evans had 18 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds, but he only made 3 of his final 12 shot attempts. Babbitt was a bit of a revelation off the bench with 15 points and 6 rebounds.
However, it's hard to get excited by any individual statistics. These are the games you need, and at the end of the season when you're trying to figure out how you could have won just a few more games to get into the playoffs, this one will stick out like a sore thumb.
Stay tuned for David's full recap up in a bit.