Quick Game Summary
The game looked to be competitive for just a short second, then the Pelicans proceeded to get blown out by the Jazz during the second half.
Anthony Davis had an abysmal first half, but finished the game with a very solid line of 29 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks.
On the flip side, Eric Gordon re-fractured his ring finger -- tonight may be the last time he suits up in a Pelicans jersey.
Omer Asik made his return, a little shorter than the initial 2-week timetable, and didn't look half bad.
The First Quarter:
The Pelicans lost the first quarter in disappointing fashion. Anthony Davis could not hit the broadside of a barn, but the Pelicans kept feeding him the ball anyway. On the other hand, the Utah Jazz were on fire. They would go on to shoot over 55% for the first quarter. The Pelicans lost the quarter by 10 points. Toney Douglas had 6 of the Pelicans first 20 points. So ya . . .
The Second Quarter:
The Pelicans showed some signs of life in the second quarter. Alonzo Gee and Tony Douglas were making hustle plays that helped raise the lackluster energy of the other Pelicans players. Then . . . Eric Gordon re-injured his right ring finger. New Orleans still managed to win the 2nd quarter by 4 points. Anthony Davis finished the half on 3 for 17 shooting, but the Pelicans went into half down just 6, 51-45.
Anthony Davis found his jump shot at halftime and hit his first two shots. He finished with a 7/9 performance in the third quarter and scored a total of 23 points. Jrue Holiday and Norris Cole were able to take advantage of the Jazz's complete void of talent at the PG position. The Jazz responded by trying to run the offense through Gordon Hayward but Dante Cunningham shut that down. Things looked good for a moment as the Pelicans even tied the game at 70!
Then substitutions had to be made, an dthe Jazz went on a 14-0 run. In the blink of an eye, New Orleans was down 84-70 headed into the 4th quarter.
* Longgggg exhalessssss* Pelicans stopped competing, lose 106 - 94.