By the numbers: Winning streak edition (3/28/14)
New Orleans (31-40) has put together one of the most improbable four-game winning streaks in the NBA this season, beating Miami, Brooklyn and the Los Angeles Clippers in consecutive games, despite being more short-handed than ever (which is saying something, given the team’s rampant injuries, starting in training camp). A statistical look at the eight Pelicans who’ve played in all four victories:
Tyreke Evans: 8.0
Average assists per game in the wins over the Clippers, Brooklyn and Miami. Evans’ average of 6.1 assists per 36 minutes this season is a career high for the fifth-year NBA veteran.
Anthony Morrow: 27
Season-high points for the shooting guard in Wednesday’s victory against the Clippers. Morrow picked an opportune time to score his most points in a game since he rang up 42 on Feb. 3, 2012, while playing for New Jersey against Minnesota.
Al-Farouq Aminu: 6
Assists in the Clippers game, equaling his career high in that category. With a total of eight points, 10 rebounds and the six dimes, it was one of Aminu’s best all-around performances.
Anthony Davis: 26.0, 12.3
Averages in points and rebounds for the power forward during the four-game winning streak. New Orleans is 8-2 in the last 10 games Davis has played. He sat out the March 19 defeat to Toronto with an illness.
Greg Stiemsma: 13.5
Minutes per game during the four-game winning streak, even though he has started three times. The center has often played a chunk of his minutes in the early segments of the first and third quarters.
Alexis Ajinca: 8.5, 7.3
Scoring and rebounding averages for the 7-foot-2 center during the win streak, one of his most productive stretches of 2013-14.
Luke Babbitt: 36.8
Three-point percentage for the forward over the four games. Babbitt is 7-for-19, helping space the floor for Evans and Davis.
Jeff Withey: 18
Consecutive Pelicans games the rookie center has played in, his longest stretch of the season, including all 13 March games. The span began with the Feb. 21 trip to Charlotte, the second game after the All-Star break.