Pelicans Finish Off Clippers To Open Season 3-0
The Pelicans cooled off in their third game of the season, but alas they won, keeping a pace ahead of the Clippers into the closing minutes. Elfrid Payton and E'Twaun Moore would pour on the final daggers in the last 60 seconds in a game where the Pelicans only shot 43% from the field, a stark difference from their first two outings. Niko Mirotic went 0-6 from the 3 pt line. The Pels shot 25% from the arc collectively. They continue to allow easy looks in the paint, but their ability to block shots, generate steals and create turnovers offsets their boom-or-bust defensive style.
Anthony Davis missed 5 of his 15 free throw attempts, but the team as a whole improved, posting 75% from the stripe. Davis led all scorers in the game with 34 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists. His demeanor has morphed into downright brutality this season, as he mocked an opposing Clipper tonight for their height (or lack of) after a silly spin move turned baseline floater.
He's tired of the excuses, and he doesn't want to wait to assemble some super team. He already has his super team. He's Anthony Davis: the literal personification of Superman on an NBA Court. His supporting cast is looking stellar, and his city is starting to wake up and realize that this team is really good... until they play the Warriors.
Elfrid Payton continued to look more comfortable in this Pelicans offense, dropping 20 points on 7-11 shooting with 6 dimes, and he gave really good energy on the defensive end, snatching 3 steals. His name could be heard from yells in the crowd at one point.
The Karate Kid himself, Jrue Holiday, was by far the biggest loser on the stat sheet tonight, posting a dreadful 2-15 from the field to go along with a team-leading 3 turnovers. His headwear choice continues to be all the rage on Twitter though. He'll bounce back Friday against the Nets.
Randle tallied 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals in 22 minutes ,before fouling out with a few minutes remaining in the 4th. He was none too pleased by the final call that sent him out of the game.
Miller and Hill didn't do much damage on the scoreboard, but Hill did have a game-leading 4 steals on the night.
The Clippers played a heavy rotation, having 10 players with double digit minutes in this one.
Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris led this deep squad with 24 and 26 points respectively. The Clippers led at the half. They pulled ahead by 3 in the 3rd quarter, but the Pelicans ground out a small cushion and never let off after.
Los Angeles falls to 2-2 on the season . They travel to Houston on Friday to play the Rockets.
The Pelicans play the (1-2) Brooklyn Nets this Friday at the Smoothie King Center.
- A Weary Traveler
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