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Performance Rankings: Pelicans at Nuggets

For some inexplicable reason, the Denver Nuggets have had the Pelicans number this season. At least, the Pelicans were able to emerge with the victory, 97-90.

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After the first half, the game was tied at 37 points. The worst part was that it wasn't due to anything the Nuggets did offensively well. Rather, the Pelicans committed way too many poor turnovers and gave up offensive rebound after offensive rebound...when Omer Asik was not in the game.

In the second half, the same story line continued. When Asik sat, the Nuggets murdered us on the glass while the Pelicans continued to give the ball away, and normally of the worst variety, off of opponent steals. Denver had 9 of them which directly led to 19 fast break points.

Fortunately, the Pelicans overcame the Nuggets 16 offensive rebounds, all of them but 1 (in the final two minutes of the game) while Asik sat, and an ugly 16 turnovers to win their fifth straight game (a new season high). Sadly, they were not able to gain ground on the Oklahoma City Thunder as they beat the Lakers to maintain their .5 game lead over New Orleans for the final playoff spot.

Tyreke Evans led the way with 22 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds. Eric Gordon added 18 points but it took him 10 three point attempts to make just 3 of them. Dante Cunningham scored in double figures for the third straight game with a solid line of 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block. After a cold start, Alexis Ajinca finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds.

However, the game ball goes to Omer Asik who had 9 points and 3 assists but a VERY important 16 rebounds.

Stay tuned for David's full recap coming up a bit later. Vote and/or comment away as you wish. A win's a win but let's hope for a stronger performance tomorrow in Dallas.

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