Anthony Davis did not have it tonight. He had a couple highlights and ended up stuffing the box score with 20 points and 10 rebounds but it felt hollow against the Sacramento Kings. New Orleans was scorching hot behind the arc burying the Kings under an avalanche of threes and built a solid 18 point lead in the third quarter. Then they played bad basketball and let Sacramento, and their fans, right back into the game.
Quincy Pondexter was incredible, setting a new career high with six made threes. Eric Gordon had himself a game and even got to the foul line six times tonight. Tyreke Evans flirted with a triple-double but struggled at the foul line. My player of the game is a toss up between Pondexter and Omer Asik, who got the job done on defense. More on that in the full recap.
Earlier tonight the Oklahoma City Thunder lost in Memphis, their 34th loss of the year. That ties the Thunder with the Pelicans in the loss column. Seven games remain on the schedule and if New Orleans can play OKC even (a difficult task) they will scratch their way into the playoffs. Before they get there an absolute gauntlet remains.
It would have been nice if the Pelicans finished the Kings early and got themselves some rest in the fourth. That didn't happen. Thankfully Monty Williams kept the minutes low across the board tonight and no one should be terribly gassed tomorrow. The Blazers are also still playing tonight in Los Angeles and will likely arrive in Portland after the Pelicans find themselves in their hotel beds.