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Game 39: Pelicans-Pistons Postgame Quotes 1-8-18

Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry
On tonight’s win:
“It was (exciting). We kept getting separation, but we couldn’t really close it out. They kept coming back and making shots and the offensive rebounds, but I thought we played great. I thought we did a good job of moving the basketball. I thought, defensively, we were really solid. They just did a good job of finding a way to fight and stay in the game, but I thought we were great at the end and I thought (Rajon) Rondo made a couple of really great plays. I thought E’Twaun (Moore) made big plays for us and then DeMarcus (Cousins) made a couple of really great plays for us.”

On DeMarcus Cousins’s performance and what appeared to be a slow start:
“He wasn’t really sluggish. You’ve got to go back and look. Every time he put the ball down they ran one or two guys at him. They didn’t think their big guy could keep him in front. So every time he put the ball down, they ran someone at him, but we started moving guys and tried to get him space where he was on the move. I thought he did a great job. I really did.”

On the energy level to start the game and coming out of halftime:
“I thought we started the game with great energy…I just thought that (Rajon) Rondo did a great job tonight. I really did. I thought he did a really good job of keeping the pace of the game where we want it and getting guys shots and doing a really good job in that department.”

Pelicans Center DeMarcus Cousins
On his mentality in the fourth quarter:
“AD (Anthony Davis) went down and he was kind of the hot hand for us early on in the game so, with that being said, somebody had to pick up the slack so I just tried to become a lot more aggressive."

On the importance of getting a win after the loss to the Timberwolves:
“It was very important. Not even just the Timberwolves, the two before that as well. It feels good to get back on the winning side of things and hopefully we can carry this game into the next one.”

Pelicans Guard Jrue Holiday
On closing the game out:
“I think we focused in defensively. They hit some big shots but a lot of those misses were long rebounds and obviously we know Andre Drummond is in there. DeMarcus did a good job boxing him out and other people came back to rebound. Completing plays and then DeMarcus on the other end making plays and scoring for us."

On DeMarcus Cousins responding to Anthony Davis’s injury:
“You’ve got the two best bigs in the league man. How they coincide and coexist is great to be able to do that and feed off each other, but it’s a step up for DeMarcus. He’s always been just that competitor. When it’s his time to take over, he does that and he does it big.”