Aug 1, 2013; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) addresses the media following a uniform unveiling at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Pelicans Come Up Short Late In Opener


Aug 1, 2013; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during a uniform unveiling at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 1, 2013; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during a uniform unveiling at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans hosted the Indiana Pacers in their season home opener Wednesday night and fell short 95-90. The Pelicans came out played fast, relentless on defense, and executed for the first 2 and a half quarters, only to let a 7 point 4th quarter lead slide. Starting shooting guard Eric Gordon led the Pelicans new formed trio in scoring with 25 points, as Anthony Davis followed with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. New starting point guard Jrue Holiday did not disappoint in his debut adding 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assist. The Pelicans took a 7 point lead into the 4th quarter only to allow George Hill in the clutch to drain a deep 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to put the game away. The Pelicans had their hands full with George Hill and attempting to slow down all-star Paul George all evening. George ended up with 32 points and Monty Williams stated, “We didn’t give the game away, they took it.” The Pacers experience showed down the stretch in the closing minutes and the Pelicans showed their inexperience as a young team. The Pelicans travel to Orlando to face a young Magic team on Friday night, November 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tags: Anthony Davis Eric Gordon George Hill Indiana Pacers Jrue Holiday Monty Williams New Orleans Pelicans Orlando Magic Paul George