Postgame recap: Jazz 133, Pelicans 109

by Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer

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Jazz (25-28), Pelicans (28-25)

DeMarcus Cousins’ season-ending injury figured to be most costly for New Orleans on the offensive end, with the Pelicans playing without one of the NBA’s leading scorers. In five games since the four-time All-Star was sidelined, however, defense has been a much bigger problem. On Monday, Utah continued a recent trend that has contributed significantly to New Orleans going just 1-4 without Cousins, putting up big offensive numbers and shooting a high percentage from the field. The Pelicans allowed 110-plus points for the fourth time in the last five games; not coincidentally, all of those instances have been losses, while their lone victory consisting of holding Oklahoma City to 100 points.

New Orleans allowed its second-most points in any game this season, surpassing every opponent total other than Denver’s 146 points on Nov. 17. Utah shot a scorching 58 percent from the field and went 14/21 from the three-point arc.

IT WAS OVER WHEN…

Utah went up by a 118-98 margin with five-plus minutes remaining. The Pelicans made a minor push late in the third quarter and for a chunk of the fourth, but the Jazz ultimately were far too effective offensively for the hosts to seriously threaten the lead.

PELICANS PLAYER OF THE GAME

Jrue Holiday tried to bring New Orleans back with a flurry of buckets in the second half. He finished with a team-best 28 points on 13/21 shooting from the floor. Holiday also posted five rebounds and earned two steals. The starting shooting guard deposited 18 of his points after intermission.

QUOTES TO NOTE

“Offensively for (the Jazz), they weren’t missing. That can be discouraging. I thought we came back at the end of the second half, but (Utah) came back red-hot again.” – Holiday on Utah’s performance making for a long night for New Orleans’ defense

“They just shot the ball exceptionally well, and we never got them stopped. Even when we got back in the game, we never slowed them down... we couldn’t find a solution for it.” – Alvin Gentry on the Jazz’s prolific game

“Niko (Mirotic) is still in the learning stages with us, his second game. We’re still trying to figure out how we can use he and (Anthony Davis) together.” – Gentry on Mirotic, who had five points and three rebounds in a difficult night

BY THE NUMBERS

55: Utah bench points, including 30 by Rodney Hood, who was 12/14 from the field and perfect in four three-point attempts.

45-30: Jazz rebounding advantage, led by 10 from Rudy Gobert. Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 11, but no one else netted more than five.

2: Zatarain’s is donating meals to the Second Harvest Food Bank for every Pelicans dunk at home games this season. New Orleans threw down two slams vs. Utah.

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Pelicans vs. Jazz Postgame: Jrue Holiday 2-5-18

Jrue Holiday talks about tonight's game against the Utah Jazz.
Feb 5, 2018  |  01:33

Pelicans vs. Jazz Postgame: Alvin Gentry 2-5-18

Head Coach Alvin Gentry speaks to the media following the Pelicans' loss to the Utah Jazz.
Feb 5, 2018  |  03:19

GAME RECAP: Jazz 133, Pelicans 109

Rodney Hood comes off the bench to score a game-high 30 points as the Jazz blow out the Pelicans 133-109. Jrue Holiday scored 28 points for New Orleans in the loss.
Feb 5, 2018  |  02:02

Assist of the Night: Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo sends the behind-the-back bounce pass to E'Twaun Moore for three.
Feb 5, 2018  |  00:26

Jrue Holiday has his way on offense with 28 points

Jrue Holiday gets in a rhythm on offense and racks up 28 points against the Utah Jazz.
Feb 5, 2018  |  02:57

Rajon Rondo with the hot hand against Jazz

Rajon Rondo finds his shot against the Utah Jazz and racks up 18 points
Feb 5, 2018  |  02:50

Holiday Hook Shot At Buzzer

Jrue Holiday is able to get the hook shot just before the horn sounds to end the 3rd quarter.
Feb 5, 2018  |  00:17

Jrue Holiday shimmies his way to the cup

Jrue Holiday shows off his handles and gets to the cup, slicing through the Jazz defenders
Feb 5, 2018  |  00:40

3'Twaun with the crisp baseline three

Rajon Rondo finds E'Twaun Moore on the baseline and Moore is nothing but net
Feb 5, 2018  |  00:08

Rajon Rondo heats up

Rajon Rondo nails 4 three pointers in 2 minutes in the 2nd quarter
Feb 5, 2018  |  00:43

AD slips back door and finishes with contact

Rondo finds Anthony Davis who slips back door and finishes with contact.
Feb 5, 2018  |  00:08

Holiday creates space and drains it

Jrue Holiday shows off his handles and creates space for himself then drains a 3-pointer
Feb 5, 2018  |  00:10

Davis with 10 in the first

Anthony Davis effortlessly scores 10 points in the first quarter against the Utah Jazz.
Feb 5, 2018  |  01:12

Rondo controls the fast break

Rajon Rondo steals the ball and tosses it to Nikola Mirotic for a quick bucket in the fast break
Feb 5, 2018  |  00:10