Oklahoma City Thunder v New Orleans Pelicans
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 13: Jrue Holiday #11 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 13, 2020 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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2019-20 Game 55: Pelicans vs. Thunder Postgame Quotes 2-13-20

HEAD COACH ALVIN GENTRY

On turnovers contributing to tonight’s loss:
“It is a tough stat and that’s what they’ve done all year. They probably, other than Memphis, they have probably been the most surprising team in the league. They just have a way of hanging in games and closing them. They’ve got guys like (Danilo) Gallinari, Chris Paul, and (Dennis) Schröder, all of those guys have been in positions where they’ve closed games and that’s exactly what they did. They made plays down the stretch and we just didn’t make the plays down the stretch.”

On finishing better on the road than at home:
“I’m not real sure, I’m not real sure. I know to be a team of significance in this league you’ve got to have a home-court advantage and we have not created that. We’ve had great fans and I think the crowds have been really, really good. The energy in the building has been really, really good. We just need to do a better job of finishing.”

FORWARD ZION WILLIAMSON

On what he’s found on the offensive end that has led to his increased scoring:
“My ability to get the free throw line. You know I’m just trying to keep going in there and just try to draw as much attention as I can, and when I do, I have open kick-outs. For me, it’s just trying to make the right play on the offensive end.”

On seeing his free throw percentage increase:
“I mean at the moment, it’s not so satisfying because if I would have made every free throw, the game would have had a different feel to it towards the end, but there has been improvement.”

GUARD LONZO BALL

On what happened down the stretch that cost them this game:
“I think just turnovers throughout the game, and obviously down the stretch they made shots and we didn’t.”

On if he felt that the turnovers were the most significant contributing factor to tonight’s loss:
“They don’t turn the ball over. They’ve been like that all year and that’s one of our weaknesses, and we fed into it tonight.”

GUARD JRUE HOLIDAY

On if he believes the turnovers cost them the game:
“Yeah. They’re not a team that turns it over, so I think to be able to control the ball and control the turnovers to give us good shots at the rim is probably best against a team like that, but…when it comes down to it, we were still in the game and that would have made a difference.”

On why he thinks the Thunder are such a tough team to beat this season:
“I think they have a really solid team across the board. At the end of the game you have three guys that can get into the paint and knock down a mid-range jumpshot. You’ve got Steven Adams up there hitting people on screens and you’ve got Gallo (Danilo Gallinari) picking and popping, rolling down to the post. So I think they do a good job of trying to get the match up that they want and take advantage of that. At the end of the day they don’t turn the ball over, so….even down the stretch.”

Pelicans vs. Thunder: Dance Cam Battle

Game 55: Pelicans vs. Thunder 2/13/20

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Pelicans vs. Thunder: Dance Cam Battle

New Orleans Pelicans fans show off their moves on the Dance Cam during the team's game against the Thunder on February 13, 2020.
Feb 14, 2020  |  01:07

Entertainment: Pelicans Mini Drummers 2nd quarter performance - February 13 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

The Pelicans mini drummers performed for fans during the 2nd quarter of the team's home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 13, 2020.
Feb 14, 2020  |  01:27

Entertainment: Pelicans Dance & Hype Team 3rd quarter performance - February 13 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

The Pelicans Dance & Hype Team performed for fans during the 3rd quarter of the team's home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 13, 2020.
Feb 14, 2020  |  01:25

Entertainment: National Anthem performance by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Choir – February 13 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Choir performed the United States National Anthem in the Smoothie King Center on Thursday, February 13 as the New Orleans Pelicans take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Feb 14, 2020  |  01:47

Entertainment: The 689 Swampers performance - February 13 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

The 689 Swampers performed for fans during the team's home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 13, 2020.
Feb 14, 2020  |  01:43

Pelicans vs. Thunder Postgame: Zion Williamson 2-13-20

Zion Williamson speaks to the media following the Pelicans' close loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Feb 13, 2020  |  01:38

Pelicans vs. Thunder Postgame: Head Coach Alvin Gentry 2-13-20

Head Coach Alvin Gentry speaks to the media following the Pelicans' loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Feb 13, 2020  |  06:30

Highlights: JJ Redick scores 24 points vs. Thunder

New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick catches fire vs. Thunder.
Feb 13, 2020  |  01:55

Highlights: Zion Williamson nets a career-high 32 vs. Thunder

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson highlights vs. Thunder.
Feb 13, 2020  |  01:48

Highlights: Lonzo Ball scores 16 points vs. Thunder

New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball highlights vs. Thunder.
Feb 13, 2020  |  01:52

Pelicans vs. Thunder Highlights: JJ Redick buries the late triple

New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick knocks down the late triple to cut the OKC lead to one.
Feb 13, 2020  |  00:14

Pelicans vs. Thunder Highlights: Lonzo Ball assist

New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball dishes to Zion Williamson for the bucket.
Feb 13, 2020  |  00:20

Pelicans vs. Thunder Highlights: Zion Williamson fast break slam

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson leaks out on the fast break and slips past the defender for the dunk.
Feb 13, 2020  |  00:18

Pelicans vs. Thunder Highlights: Lonzo Ball And-1 from deep

New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball sinks the wing three while getting fouled.
Feb 13, 2020  |  00:14

Pelicans vs. Thunder Highlights: Zion Williamson alley-oop

New Orleans Pelicans guard Frank Jackson finds Zion Williamson back door for the alley-oop dunk.
Feb 13, 2020  |  00:09

Pelicans vs. Thunder Highlights: Zion Williamson block

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson spikes the shot attempt into the stands.
Feb 13, 2020  |  00:16

Pelicans vs. Thunder Highlights: Zion Williamson And-1

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson backs down the defender and finishes the And-1.
Feb 13, 2020  |  00:21

Pelicans vs. Thunder Highlights: Jaxson Hayes soars for the two-handed slam

New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick finds the cutting Jaxson Hayes for the emphatic dunk.
Feb 13, 2020  |  00:14

Pelicans vs. Thunder Highlights: Jrue Holiday assist to Derrick Favors

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday snatches the rebound and finds Derrick Favors for the dunk.
Feb 13, 2020  |  00:15

Pelicans vs. Thunder Highlights: Zion Williamson dunk

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson gathers his own miss and slams it home.
Feb 13, 2020  |  00:09

Pelicans vs. Thunder Pregame: Head Coach Alvin Gentry 2-13-20

Head Coach Alvin Gentry speaks the media prior to the Pelicans' matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Feb 13, 2020  |  04:47

Pelicans vs Thunder Shootaround: Brandon Ingram 2-13-2020

Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram speaks to media after shootaround on February 13, 2020.
Feb 13, 2020  |  03:05

Pelicans vs Thunder Shootaround: Nickeil Alexander-Walker 2-13-2020

Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker speaks to media after shootaround on February 13, 2020.
Feb 13, 2020  |  02:59
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