At halftime, the Pelicans trailed 50-47, but they came out of the break on fire with a 15-2 run. However, they were never able to put away the Nuggets. Why? They were completely inept at stopping Denver's penetration, and to a lesser degree, staying with the opposition around the perimeter.
All night, Ty Lawson was able to get into the paint and break down the defense. The points in the paint disparity said it all: 60-42 in regulation. Quite disturbing, considering the Nuggets average 44 points in the paint on the season.
When the Nuggets weren't scoring easily down low, they were also able to get a number of good looks from the perimeter. They all hurt, but this one took the cake.
No reason for Pelicans to have this bad communication on defense, giving up Gallo 3 https://t.co/rLFRYHighV— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) March 16, 2015
For the game, Anthony Davis came tantalizingly close to a triple double: 36 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 9 blocks; however, it was STILL a record performance.
#Pelicans Anthony Davis becomes only player in NBA history to record at least 35 points, 10 rebs, 7 assists, 8 blocks.— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) March 16, 2015
Tyreke Evans had a nice ballgame too -- 25 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists -- but everyone is going to remember his missed lay-in at the end of the first overtime period.
With the heartbreaking loss, the Pelicans move 1 game behind the Thunder for the 8th spot in the Western Conference. Stay tuned for Quentin's full recap coming up in a bit.