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Postgame report: From the Pelicans locker room
By: Pelicans.com

Pelicans Coach Monty Williams
“After the way we’ve lost games over the past couple of weeks, it’s just nice to get a win. (Anthony Davis) got 34 (points) and 11 (rebounds), we shot 43 free throws, and that’s something we don’t take for granted. Obviously, we love the production off of our bench. We had a number of guys step up tonight. Austin (Rivers) had a change of roles tonight, not playing with the ball that much. And Luke (Babbitt), who didn’t know if he was going to play at all, was knocking down threes and attacking the basket and fighting on defense. All of that stuff is really important. When you have a lot of guys out, you need everybody to step up. I’m trying to mix and match and find lineups, and the guys are just stepping up and making plays.”

On the end of the third quarter and Luke Babbitt’s three
“It was a bit of a wrinkle in the game plan. I’m not sure if (the Hawks) expected to see a stretch four like Luke on the floor. Coaches do that sometimes and it works out. Players make the plays and it makes the coach look really good. Props to him for being able to come right into the game cold and being able to knock down the shot. We’re going to need that every night. I can’t reiterate enough how proud I am of the way our team just continues to battle and play hard every night.”

 

On changing defensive plan with Kyle Korver out
“They have a number of guys we call hot guys. Obviously, Kyle is one of the best in the history of the game, so it changes your game plan from an exhaling standpoint. You’re like, ‘Wow, we don’t have to deal with Kyle tonight.’ But (Shelvin) Mack and a number of those guys can hit shots. They have a starting five that can hit 35 percent plus. So that to me is a lot to deal with. That’s probably why they got so many slips to the basket. (Jeff) Teague was taking advantage of that and just going to the basket.”

Pelicans Forward Luke Babbitt
On his game
“I don’t know if it’s just one specific play (that won the game). We just continued to fight. Atlanta is a tough team, but we just continued to fight. I think early in the fourth we went on a little run. We went with a different lineup and we got some space so guys had driving lanes. (Anthony Davis) had space to drive, and Austin (Rivers) and Tyreke (Evans) had some room. I think at the start of the fourth we were able to make a run and we were able to keep it going.”

On continuing to play hard
“We just continue to fight. We’re a young team. We’re trying to put the pieces together. We have a lot of guys that haven’t played together a lot . We’re playing against teams that are experienced playing together and have continuity. It’s difficult when you’re a young team to close out games. It’s the most difficult thing to do in the NBA, so we just need to continue to fight and continue to build continuity and develop our young guys.”