Pelicans beat Timberwolves, end four-game losing streak
(The Sports Xchange) - The New Orleans Pelicans started their Mardi Gras celebration a few hours early, snapping a four-game losing streak by blitzing the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-102 on Monday.
Forward Anthony Davis led the way with 27 points on 13-of-22 shooting as the Pelicans blew open a close game in the second quarter and never looked back.
Guard Jrue Holiday came off the bench to add 27 points for the Pelicans. And forward Ryan Anderson scored 15 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter for New Orleans (19-32).
"It's good for us," said Davis of the contributions of Holiday and Anderson off the bench.
"When you've got two players like that who can score the ball that well and are good on the defensive end putting ball pressure when they guard, it's good.
"Even when you have bad starts, you've got guys who can come in and make plays. We're very grateful for them too."
Minnesota, which had won two in a row, got 19 points from forward Karl-Anthony Towns, but struggled defensively, falling to 16-37. Forward Andrew Wiggins added 15 for the Timberwolves, who also got 14 points from reserve forward Shabazz Muhammad.
Trailing 28-22 after one quarter, the Wolves scored the first five points of the second quarter to pull within a point at 28-27. Then the roof fell in for the home team.
While Minnesota went nearly eight minutes without a field goal, the Pelicans got hot, going on a 22-3 run and opening up a 50-30 lead. New Orleans led by as many as 23 in the quarter, and held a 63-46 lead at halftime. Continued...