NOP 104, NYK 92: Melo’s 26 Not Enough in NOLA
How It Happened:
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Pelicans looked like a team filled with newfound confidence on Friday night. The first quarter was a clear indication of the momentum New Orleans has created this past week as the home team jumped out to a 31-21 lead while shooting 50 percent from the floor and 57.1 behind the arc. The Knicks managed to snatch back the lead late in the second quarter following an impressive 11-0 run but the advantage was short-lived. In the third frame, the Pelicans held New York to just 6-of-23 from the floor and 18 total points. The New Orleans lead reached 15 points in the final frame Alvin Gentry’s squad never looked back in the 104-92 victory. Anthony Davis posted 23 points and 18 boards and five other Pelicans finished in double figures in points.
Knick of the Night:
Anthony posted a team-high 26 points to go along with 13 rebounds in 40 minutes of action.
Kristaps Porzingis scored 21, grabbed 12 boards, Derrick Rose registered 20, and Justin Holiday recorded eight points off the pine.
News and Notes:
Courtney Lee missed his second straight game with a sore right wrist. At Friday’s shootaround, Lee said his wrist was starting to feel better but after a pregame test, the shooting guard was ruled out for the matchup against the Pelicans. Sasha Vujacic started in place of Lee at the shooting guard spot.
Prior to the game, Davis expressed his desire to run when the Pelicans featured a small-ball lineup. Tonight, New Orleans scored 30 fast break points as opposed to New York’s 12.
The Knicks head to Houston for the final contest on the current three-game road trip. Saturday night’s game against the Rockets is scheduled for an 8 PM tipoff on MSG Network.