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Postgame report: From the Pelicans locker room

Pelicans Coach Monty Williams
On the win
“Although we would have preferred to win in regulation, it was a resilient win for us.”

On the execution
“We just had four days off so although we looked fresh, we didn’t have the timing and execution that we needed.”

On Jason Smith
“He was a monster tonight. He scored 22 points and had a career high 16 rebounds. He’s a guy doing it on both ends of the floor.”

Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson
On how the team defeated Detroit
“Just being relentless. Obviously we had to play strong towards the end, getting key stops. But I think today, the whole mindset had to be energy. When needed to push the ball against these guys, really run them. When we did, we played well. We did the right things and most of it was at the defensive end getting stops.”

On the struggle to make shots from the three-point line
“It was a rough night, but as a shooter you have those all the time. So you just have to keep taking them, and luckily the important ones went down. We got the win and that’s the most important thing.”

Pelicans guard Austin Rivers
On winning games in overtime
“I think we are two for two or three for three in overtime, but we’ve done pretty well finishing those games out. They fought. It was a back-to-back for them, so we knew if we went into overtime and continue playing at the pace we were at, play smart and run it out that we would be able to get the win. Ryan (Anderson) had some big shots for us as usual.”

On overcoming the size and depth of Detroit
“They’re probably the biggest front court in the league in terms of depth. They have guys coming off the bench, Greg Monroe, a bunch of guys that can score twenty any given night. We were able to withstand all that because (we) played great, ran it and stuck it to them. They had a lot of guys score twenty points, and we were still able to pull it off. That shows that we’re able to score the ball and get key stops down the stretch.”