Admittedly, I was only able to view the final four minutes of the game, but that short time frame was filled with enough excitement to write up a quick short recap. The Pelicans were up 9 points and extended their lead over the next few minutes to 14. By all accounts, the game was over.
Yet, it wasn't.
After three Clipper three-pointers and a ridiculous offensive foul call on Luke Babbitt, the Clippers had cut their deficit to just 3 points with 49 seconds remaining in the game. After a DeAndre Jordan dunk, but a missed free throw on an And-1 opportunity, New Orleans margin was cut to just one. However, 5 of 6 makes from the free throw line was enough to pull out an unimaginable victory against a very good team.
Jrue Holiday led the way with 22 points and 8 assists off, but balanced scoring was the key for the Pelicans. Each starter scored at least 14 points and Tim Frazier added 17 in just 20 minutes off the bench.
The Clippers were paced by 24 points apiece from Chris Paul and J.J. Redick.
It's incredible that on the same day Anthony Davis was declared out for the rest of the season, joining Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon and Quincy Pondexter on the sidelines permanently, a short-handed Pelicans' squad was able to snare a victory against the 4th seeded Los Angeles Clippers.
Stay tuned for Zachary's full recap coming up a bit later.