Mar 3, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) walks with forward DeMarcus Cousins (0) as guard Jrue Holiday (11) looks on during the fourth quarter of a game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Smoothie King Center. The Spurs defeated the Pelicans 101-98 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
The New Orleans Pelicans had a chance at a huge home win, yet lapsed during crunch time in an overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
The New Orleans Pelicans played a great game against the Spurs. They gave it everything they had in the energy bank.
However, defensive lapses became the root cause of a loss for the Pelicans. This is a New Orleans team looking to play themselves into playoff contention. New Orleans would lose in overtime to the Spurs, who are now currently just 2.5 games behind the injury-riddled Golden State Warriors.
Defensive lapses is now the story of the later quarters in Pelicans’ game. Either they just could not get the stops to secure the win or offensively, they were not able to finish at the rim.
The story of the first half was the rebounding and the play off newly acquired DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins had eight points, four assists and 11 rebounds in the first half and led the charge for the Pelicans. However, his strong start would not be enough to overcome the late game struggles. Boogie would finish the game with 19 points and 23 rebounds. His 23 boards ties a franchise high for rebounds in a game.
Anthony Davisled the Pelicans in scoring, with 29 points and nine rebounds. Jrue Holiday, who made a stat pledge for the Tornado Relief of New Orleans, finished with 26 points and five assists. That led to $31,000 in donations for the city of New Orleans on the night.
Davis, Cousins and Holiday combined for 74 of 98 points for the Pelicans. That trio did their best to try to push the Pelicans to victory. In the end, it was just not enough.
This is a very tough loss for the Pelicans. It is a game they had in their hands. However, due to mental mistakes, they find themselves on the wrong side of the final score.
The New Orleans Pelicans will look to recover and get back on the winning track Sunday night. They will travel to Los Angeles to play the Lakers at the Staples Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CST.