Mar 24, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
The New Orleans Pelicans held strong for three quarters, but lost track of the Rockets in Houston to snap their three-game winning streak.
Tonight did not go according to plan for the New Orleans Pelicans.
After giving up just 49 points in the first half, the Pels let Houston score 68 points in the second half. New Orleans could not keep up, as the Rockets would hold on to snap the Pelicans three-game win streak.
The Pelicans came into tonight doing well on the rebounding. However, tonight was one of the weakest performances on the boards for New Orleans. The Pelicans lost the rebounding battle by a whopping 59-36 margin. That includes 15 offensive rebounds for Houston.
Plain and simply, the New Orleans Pelicans did not get the job done.
The duo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins combined for 62 points, 22 rebounds, five blocks and four steals. However aside from the duo, the Pels shot 17-42 from the field. While New Orleans’ 14-38 shooting from behind the arc kept them close, they were playing Houston’s up-tempo pace all game.
New Orleans now falls to five games back in the Western Conference. The road to a dream playoff run just got a lot tougher…
Only one thought today here. It’s on Ryan Anderson. This is going to be a hot topic, as Anderson seemed to clearly flop on multiple occasions to try and draw fouls late in this game. Rhino’s an NBA vet. He knows what the refs do in this game. As they say, “Don’t blame the player, blame the game”. His actions tonight did not shine bright, however the league needs to stamp their foot on this fast, if they want it to stop. Unless they do, expect more and more of this from guys lacking physical strength inside the paint.