Postgame recap: Jazz 116, Pelicans 99

by Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer

Jazz (37-30), Pelicans (38-28)

On his 25th birthday, Anthony Davis registered a triple-double Sunday, featuring a career-high 10 blocks. He would’ve traded any of his gaudy individual statistics in exchange for a victory, while facing the surging Utah Jazz.

Davis finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks against the Jazz, but the visitors used a third-quarter scoring spurt by Donovan Mitchell and an excellent fourth period to secure a comeback win. New Orleans led by as many as nine points in the second half, before Utah held a 68-48 edge after intermission.

“It doesn’t matter,” Davis said after the game, when asked about his blocks. “We lost, so I don’t really care about any career high or anything like that. We lost.”

IT WAS OVER WHEN…

Utah’s Ricky Rubio beat the shot clock with a wing three-pointer, giving the Jazz a 109-97 lead with 1:50 remaining. On a previous possession New Orleans had a chance to cut a nine-point deficit to six, but misfired on a three-point attempt. The Pelicans subbed out Davis and Jrue Holiday shortly thereafter.

PELICANS PLAYER OF THE GAME

Six years into his NBA career, Davis posted his first triple-double as a pro, something that would require a career high in either blocks or assists, based on the fact that his best outing in those categories prior to Sunday was nine and seven, respectively. Davis seemed intent on being disruptive defensively from the get-go; in addition to his 10 blocks, he also had three steals.

QUOTES TO NOTE

“Everything was too easy for them at the beginning of the game, whether it was easy layups. We had some good looks and just missed them. We’ve got to come out at the beginning of games with more energy.” – Davis on a first quarter that set the tone for Utah, which led 29-23 after a period

“I felt fine. The ankle felt very fine.” – Davis on his physical condition after missing Friday’s game due to a left ankle sprain

“They did a good job of getting into the paint. All the penetration they had hurt us, because it kept the pressure on our big guys.” – Alvin Gentry on the play of Rubio (30 points) and Mitchell (27 points), who accounted for nearly half of Utah’s offensive output

BY THE NUMBERS

5/25: Utah bench shooting from the field. The Jazz overcame that based on quality games for four starters, including a 19-16 game by Rudy Gobert.

6/21: New Orleans three-point shooting. The Pelicans shot 29 percent from long distance, with Jrue Holiday (3/6) the lone Pelican to connect more than once.

Pelicans Dance Team Performance 03-11-18

The Pelicans Dance Team put on a show for fans during the Pelicans game against the Utah Jazz on Sunday, March 11.

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Pelicans Dance Team Performance 03-11-18

The Pelicans Dance Team put on a show for fans during the Pelicans game against the Utah Jazz on Sunday, March 11.
Mar 12, 2018  |  01:23

Halftime Performance: Varsity Spirit

Varsity Spirit gathered at the Smoothie King Center to entertain fans during halftime of the Pelicans game against the Utah Jazz on Sunday, March 11.
Mar 12, 2018  |  02:03

610 Stompers Performance on 3-11-2018

The 610 Stompers entertained Pelicans fans at the Smoothie King Center as the Pelicans took on the Utah Jazz on Sunday, March 11.
Mar 12, 2018  |  01:43

Pelicans-Jazz Postgame: Ian Clark 3-11-18

Pelicans guard Ian Clark recaps tonight's home game vs the Utah Jazz
Mar 11, 2018  |  01:40

Pelicans-Jazz Postgame: Anthony Davis 3-11-18

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis recaps tonight's home game vs the Utah Jazz
Mar 11, 2018  |  04:28

Pelicans-Jazz Postgame: Alvin Gentry 3-11-18

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry recaps tonight's home game vs the Utah Jazz
Mar 11, 2018  |  05:55

Jrue Holiday with 18 vs Jazz

Jrue Holiday had 18 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block in a 116-99 loss to the Utah Jazz
Mar 11, 2018  |  01:52

Anthony Davis with a triple double vs Jazz

Anthony Davis puts up 25 points, 11 rebounds, 10 blocks, 3 assists, and 3 steals on his birthday vs the Jazz.
Mar 11, 2018  |  01:52

Pelicans Highlights vs. Utah Jazz - 3/11/18

The New Orleans Pelicans fell to the Utah Jazz 116-99 in the Smoothie Kind Center
Mar 11, 2018  |  02:58

Jrue with two big 3's to keep the Pels close

Jrue Holiday hits consecutive 3's to keep the Pelicans within striking distance
Mar 11, 2018  |  00:19

E'Twaun Moore strong and-1

E'Twaun Moore follows Clark's example and gets to the line after a strong finish
Mar 11, 2018  |  00:15

Ian Clark with the And-1

Ian Clark uses his patience and body control to get to the line after the bucket
Mar 11, 2018  |  00:19

Davis with 11 points in the 3rd quarter

Anthony Davis has been active on both ends of the court
Mar 11, 2018  |  00:51

Jrue with the dunk

Jrue Holidays navigates the defense for a penetrating dunk
Mar 11, 2018  |  00:15

Okafor shows up at the block party

The Pelicans already have 11 blocks and it's only the 3rd quarter
Mar 11, 2018  |  00:18

AD's 7th block of the game

Anthony Davis can't be stopped in the paint
Mar 11, 2018  |  00:16

AD is living above the rim

Anthony Davis with his sixth block of the night and it's only halftime
Mar 11, 2018  |  00:17

Davis continues the block party

AD keeps the block party going
Mar 11, 2018  |  00:17

AD with the trailing block

Anthony Davis gives chase and rejects Rubio
Mar 11, 2018  |  00:14

Mirotic cleans up for the bucket

Mirotic runs the court and cleans the glass for two
Mar 11, 2018  |  00:15

Darius ends the quarter from 3

Darius Miller ends the 1st quarter off right
Mar 11, 2018  |  00:16

Davis staying active on defense

Anthony Davis protects the paint with a pair of blocks
Mar 11, 2018  |  00:19

Holiday Alley-Oop To Davis

Jrue Holiday lobs a pass up to Anthony Davis for the alley-oop.
Mar 11, 2018  |  00:22

Okafor runs the floor off AD's defense

Anthony Davis shut out the alley-oop and Okafor finishes on the other end
Mar 11, 2018  |  00:20