What the New Orleans Pelicans had to say about 104-100 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers (11/22/13)

Pelicans Coach Monty Williams
On character shown in 4th quarter
“I just remarked to the guys that you never give up on a game. You’re going to have games like that in the NBA where you’re not making shots and things aren’t going your way, but Jrue (Holiday) really stepped up tonight. They had a 12 point lead and I don’t know how much time was left, but it was getting dim and he brought the guys together. The coaches told me, I didn’t see it, and he said, ‘This is where we grow up.’ All of our guys, instead of separating, came together and went out there and hit a few big threes and it got tight. For us, we haven’t been in these situations enough to have any corporate equity, but that’s what we built tonight. We have some equity now. We know we can come back. We know we can play in close games. The big shots by Eric (Gordon), Jrue, and Ryan (Anderson), the free throws by Tyreke (Evans) and AD (Anthony Davis). Everybody saw that, but the stops down the stretch, even the block that Tyreke had and they called a foul, I loved it because Kyrie’s (Irving) going to try to force the issue and take over the game. For Tyreke to get a block like that, it just set the tone for the next time Kyrie went, everybody goes up, contests the shot, they miss and we battle for the ball. That’s not coaching, that’s just heart and a will to win.”

On reaction after the win and it possibly being his favorite win yet
“It’s the first time we’ve done it with this group, where we’ve been down, fans are leaving, that kind of stuff and it rubs you the wrong way. When you’re playing your heart out for this city in whom which you came to make them proud and then you come back and win. I told these guys right from the jump, it’s going to be about this group, this staff, Dell (Demps) and Mickey (Loomis). We have to pull together, no matter what the situation is. It was emotional, just because we did it our way. It was ugly. Sometimes defense will win you an ugly game.”

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis
On him struggling most of the game
“As long as we get the win (I’m ok). I love winning. As long as we get the win, I’m fine. If I have zero points and zero rebounds (I’m ok), as long as we get the win.”

On fighting to come back and win
“We stayed the course and came back and played great defense for the last six minutes. We got stops and got the win.”

On Monty Williams’ 100th win
“Coach Monty is a great coach. He does a great job of getting us better. For him to get his 100th win means a lot. We definitely don’t bring it up and congratulate him. We need to come in tomorrow and work hard and get ready for the Spurs.”

Pelicans Guard Eric Gordon
On if he was nervous when the referees were reviewing his three point shot that gave the team the lead
“The only thing that I was worried about was if it was a two because I really didn’t know where I was (when I shot). Good thing that it was a three and it gave us the lead.”

On it being a great win for the team
“Definitely a great win (for us). We needed this. I like these kind of situations. You can’t get too high or too low. You need to stay calm and each possession (is critical). You always need to worry about the next play.”