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

Pelicans Coach Monty Williams
Have you ever played a game like this?
“I’m not sure that I have ever played in one like this and I know I haven’t coached one like that. We just put our heart and soul into a game like this and it takes a lot out of you. I’m proud of how we came back and won this one, particularly without AD and Greg. This win was really about the heart and character of the guys in that locker room.”

On the last play of the game
“Jrue just made a great play. It’s nothing that I did. I love to tell you that I am that bright, but I am not. We drew it up and Jrue just made a great play. End of game plays are the hardest of all to run in the NBA because of the great defenses.”

On Ryan Anderson’s performance
“He did the same thing for us last night. Tonight, he played 56 minutes. He is just a big time shot maker. He fought really hard tonight against Taj, Boozer, and Noah. This is a great defensive team that we played.”

On what he told his team
“We have been telling the guys to just dig deep. We have been coaching and telling our guys about conditioning since we got together in August. I like to think that this is the kind of thing that we can build on. I believe in character and this team has it.”

Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans
On the last play
“We just executed well. Coach drew it up and then it just seemed like the lane was wide open. Jrue knew where to go when he went through the screen and he was wide open.”

On what to take from this game
“This would have been a tough loss for us. We gave it our all. We are trying to build on this. It’s been a good road trip for us. We are just taking it one step at a time and learning from each other.”

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday
On the last play
“To tell you the truth, I just wanted the game over. It was the 3rd overtime and I felt like the calls had not gone our way. I was surprised how open I was. Coach just called a good play. I don’t think I have ever been that wide open with 4 seconds left.”

On what to take from this victory
“Coach told us before the game that it was the last game of the road trip. He told us we started on 8/19. Then we came out here tonight in a triple overtime and played with the will to win. This was one of the most fun games I’ve been a part of.”