The New Orleans Pelicans move up to fifth place in the Western Conference playoff standings. With two wins in a row, it looks as though NOLA is aiming for another long winning streak.
No Jrue Holiday? No problem! Well, as long as you have a guy like Anthony Davis on your team. Davis ended the game in typical AD fashion, leading all scorers with 37 points. He also managed to record eight rebounds and two blocks.
As previously alluded to Davis was without his partner-in-crime Jrue Holiday tonight as he was sidelined with flu-like symptoms. Though the team was missing its second-leading scorer, it did not stop New Orleans from reaching the century mark for the fourth time in five games. This was thanks in large to the strong play of Rajon Rondo.
Rondo finished off the night with a near triple-double recording 19 points, 14 assists, nine points and three steals. When he was running the show, the offense truly looked like a well-oiled scoring unit.
Outside of Davis and Rondo, Ian Clark (19 points), E’Twaun Moore (14 points, six assists) and the youngster Cheick Diallo (10 points, 14 boards) lead the way for the rest of the squad.
On the other side, Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes recorded 19 points a piece. The team made sure to keep things close throughout the contest. However, thanks in large to the heroics of Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo, particularly in the final three minutes of regulation, the Mavericks were never able regain the momentum they had early on where they led by as many as 13 points.
With this win the Pelicans move to 41-30 on the season and the fifth seed out West. Though they may feel confident riding on a two game win-streak, the Pelicans cannot take their foot off the gas. The Western Conference is so tough and competitive, one game is all the difference between the Pelicans at the fifth seed and the Utah Jazz at the eight seed.
New Orleans will look to add to their win-streak tomorrow as they will be hosting the uber talented Indiana Pacers. Stay tuned Pels fans!