Postgame recap: Pelicans 108, Jazz 98

by Jim Eichenhofer

Pelicans (19-18), Jazz (16-22)

SALT LAKE CITY – For the second time in just over the span of a month, New Orleans enjoyed a fantastic shooting night in Utah. This time, the perimeter prowess resulted in a needed road victory. The Pelicans finished 14/30 from beyond the arc Wednesday – after going 15/30 in Vivint Smart Home Arena on Dec. 1 – keying a bounceback from weekend home losses to Dallas and New York. New Orleans also turned in an excellent defensive performance, limiting Utah to just 17 third-quarter points to turn a three-point halftime edge into a nine-point lead.


Anthony Davis hit a pretty baseline turnaround jumper, giving New Orleans a 98-87 lead with about three minutes remaining.


Davis took over in the final few minutes of the fourth quarter, converting a pair of three-point plays to keep New Orleans in front by a working margin. The four-time All-Star entered the final period with 19 points and 13 rebounds, but tacked on 10 more points and two additional rebounds for a 29-15 line. Jrue Holiday carried the Pelicans in the first half and finished with 24 points on 10/16 shooting from the field.


“We just wanted to get this one and start the road trip good. We’ve got teams gaining on us for the eighth spot. We’ve got to create a lead for ourselves, create some separation. And it started tonight.” – Davis on postgame radio WRNO 99.5 FM, discussing the importance of the win at Utah, the first game of a two-game trip that concludes Saturday at Minnesota

“Defense and then we started moving the ball. And Donovan (Mitchell) didn’t have 40. We wanted to make sure we got back to the way we were used to playing. We did that tonight.” – Davis on keys in the second half to securing the win, including holding the Jazz’s standout rookie to 6/17 shooting, after he racked up 41 points vs. New Orleans on Dec. 1

“I thought we did a good job offensively and defensively, moving the basketball. We were really good defensively, especially taking away Mitchell after what he did to us last game.” – Alvin Gentry on some of what allowed New Orleans to prevail, after losing 114-108 in Utah roughly a month ago

“Just to be physical, to be into him. Nothing easy. No wide-open shots. I think by the time he got wide open shots he was a little off, just because he hadn’t seen an open basket. It’s not just me, DeMarcus (Cousins), he did a great job being up on the screen, trying to make him drive, trying to make another play.” – Holiday on the job he and the Pelicans did of slowing down Mitchell this time


10/18: New Orleans three-point shooting in the first half. The Pelicans cooled off a bit after intermission by going 4/12, but still made some key treys.

42-36: New Orleans rebounding advantage, led by Davis’ 15 and Cousins’ 11 boards. Holiday had an above-average night in the category with six caroms.

0: Pelicans free throw attempts in the opening half. The visitors made up for it somewhat by going a perfect 12/12 after the break.

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Pelicans vs. Jazz Postgame: Head Coach Alvin Gentry 1-3-18

Head Coach Alvin Gentry talks about the win against the Utah Jazz.
Jan 4, 2018  |  03:42

Pelicans vs. Jazz Postgame: Anthony Davis 1-3-18

Anthony Davis talks about the Pelicans' win tonight over the Utah Jazz.
Jan 4, 2018  |  01:39

GAME RECAP: Pelicans 108, Jazz 98

Anthony Davis scores 29 points and 15 rebounds as the Pelicans defeat the Jazz 108-98.
Jan 3, 2018  |  01:13

Anthony Davis scores 29 vs Jazz

Anthony Davis led the game with 29 points, adding 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block in a 108-98 win over the Utah Jazz.
Jan 3, 2018  |  01:55

Jrue Holiday goes for 24 vs Jazz

Jrue Holiday scored 24 points vs the Utah Jazz, going 10-16 from the field and 2-5 from behind the arc. He added 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal in a victory.
Jan 3, 2018  |  01:55

Pelicans with 14 3-pointers vs Jazz

The Pelicans went 14-30 from behind the arc on the night on their way to a 108-98 victory over the Utah Jazz. Eight Pelicans hit from 3.
Jan 3, 2018  |  01:53

DeMarcus Cousins with 19 vs Jazz

DeMarcus Cousins scored 19 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block in 31 minutes vs the Utah Jazz.
Jan 3, 2018  |  01:28

Holiday breaks Mitchell's ankles for an up-and-under

Jrue Holiday shows the young up-and-comer the seasoned up-and-under.
Jan 3, 2018  |  00:14

Davis With The Rejection

Anthony Davis gets up for the block on Alec Burks.
Jan 3, 2018  |  00:13

Rondo's crazy faller after contact

Rondo makes something out of nothing with this crazy fall-away shot after contact.
Jan 3, 2018  |  00:19

Davis throws himself a dunk

Anthony Davis does his best school yard impression as he throws the ball up to himself and finishes strong with the dunk
Jan 3, 2018  |  00:12

AD with the board and bucket

Anthony Davis cleans up a Darius Miller miss with a drunk slam.
Jan 3, 2018  |  00:10

Boogie shows off his technique

DeMarcus Cousins with the dribble penetration
Jan 3, 2018  |  00:08

Jrue scores 10 in the 1st

Jrue Holiday was doing it from inside and behind the arc in the 1st quarter vs the Jazz
Jan 3, 2018  |  00:36

Cousins & Jrue give-and-go

Jrue Holiday hits DeMarcus Cousins with the give-and-go for 2
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Rondo starts out hot with 8 points

Rajon Rondo hit two threes in 3 minutes to start the game.
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Pelicans Shootaround: Anthony Davis 1-3-18

Anthony Davis talks about the importance of defense in Wednesday's game against the Utah Jazz.
Jan 3, 2018  |  01:16

Pelicans Shootaround: E'Twaun Moore 1-3-18

E'Twaun Moore talks about what the Pelicans need to do to stop the Jazz.
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Pelicans Practice: Rajon Rondo 01-01-18

Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo talks about how the New Orleans Pelicans' are looking to rebound from the team's two-game losing streak.
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Pelicans Practice: Alvin Gentry 01-01-18

Head Coach Alvin Gentry discusses how the New Orleans Pelicans are looking to rebound from the team's two-game losing streak.
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