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Pelicans fail to overcome insurmountable odds, lose to Clippers, 107-100

Sure, New Orleans shot themselves in the foot, but the referees ensured the loss by hammering in the final nails into the coffin.

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Despite no Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans, Ryan Anderson and Omer Asik, the Pelicans managed to stay with the Clippers throughout the game. New Orleans shooting was exquisite as evidenced by a 12-22 performance from three point range. Unfortunately, the 18 turnovers, the 16 Clipper offensive rebounds and a ton of poor officiating put this one into unwinnable territory.

When Anthony Davis can't get the benefit of a call, especially one this blatantly wrong, how can anyone expect the Pelicans to pull out the much-needed victory? The bias became so lop-sided that Monty Williams even picked up a technical. However, it failed to have the desired effect because the referees had made up their mind none of their previous calls needed correction.

For the game, Anthony Davis' return was almost perfect: 26 points (11-13 from the floor), 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Eric Gordon came off the bench (was late to a team meeting in the morning) to add 23 points, 5 assists, 5 threes and 1 chipped tooth.

David will have your full recap later, but in the meantime, let's stew together in the comments section. The missed calls were as egregious as all of the Pelicans mistakes.

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