Holiday time for Pelicans as New Orleans rally past Suns

Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:27am EST
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - With Anthony Davis struggling through a rare poor shooting night, the New Orleans Pelicans were forced to rely on the supporting cast to rally the team and pull out a rare road win.

Jrue Holiday scored 16 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and Tim Frazier compiled his first career triple-double as the Pelicans came from 15 points down in the third quarter and beat the Phoenix Suns 120-119 Sunday.

Frazier finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and a game-high five steals.

The Pelicans (8-17) snapped their five-game losing streak and won for the first time since Nov. 29 despite getting only 14 points from Davis, who missed 13 of 17 shots and finished well below his league-leading average of 31.4 points per game.

"We have to find a way to score when A.D. isn't going well, and we did that tonight," New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. "For us to be a good team, that's the way it has to be. We can't continue to count on him to get 35 or 40 for us. We have to have guys who can step up when he's fighting it."

Frazier, who had five triple-doubles in two seasons with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League, was on the floor for the final 17 minutes as Gentry went with four guards and Davis.

He is the first bench player to record a triple-double this year and the first player to have a triple-double and at least five steals off the bench since John Williams of the Washington Bullets in 1989 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

"We didn't throw in the towel. We wanted this win pretty bad," Frazier said. "My first triple-double wouldn't have meant much without a win. We had five guys out there fighting, and we hit big shots and got big stops when we needed it.

"I fought my way into the league, and I have great teammates that give me an opportunity to just play."   Continued...