Postgame recap: Pelicans 123, Knicks 118 (OT)

by Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer

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Pelicans (22-20), Knicks (19-24)

NEW YORK – Riding another huge game from Anthony Davis at Madison Square Garden, New Orleans rallied all the way back Sunday from a 19-point deficit to force overtime, where it outplayed New York, securing an outstanding come-from-behind victory.

As has become his custom, Davis erupted in MSG, racking up 48 points by sinking shots from all over the floor. It was the third consecutive trip to the historic and well-known venue that Davis has tallied 35-plus points. In this instance, the Pelicans needed all of them.

New Orleans outscored New York 27-13 in the fourth quarter to overcome what had been a 96-82 deficit through three quarters. Davis tallied 13 of his points in the final period and OT, highlighted by the game-tying layup in the final few seconds of regulation. Davis tied it at 109 off an entry pass from DeMarcus Cousins that set Davis up to score right on the doorstep over a pair of Knicks defenders.

IT WAS OVER WHEN…

Jrue Holiday sank free throws with 7 seconds remaining in overtime, giving New Orleans a five-point margin. Holiday was critical earlier in OT as well, converting on a three-point play and sinking a three-point shot for six important points.

PELICANS PLAYER OF THE GAME

Davis, who had 40 points last season at New York in only 29 minutes of action, had to extend much further Sunday. Over his 49 minutes on the floor, the four-time All-Star shot 17/30 from the field, went 12/15 from the foul line and sank two treys to account for his 48-point outing. For good measure, Davis also grabbed 17 rebounds and was pivotal on the defensive end with four steals and three blocks.

QUOTES TO NOTE

“Resilience. Toughness. Mental toughness. We just wanted to come out and get this win. We felt like we owed these guys. They came in our home and beat us (on Dec. 30) in a game we felt like we should’ve won.” – Davis on what the Pelicans demonstrated in rallying from behind; he also alluded to the Knicks’ late-game comeback last month in New Orleans

“Someone said earlier that (Davis) plays well here, and I say I hope that continues. I thought he was phenomenal. He just did a great job. Good job defensively, too. I think (Kristaps) Porzingis got open for a few three-pointers, but for the most part I thought we did a good job on him. (Porzingis is) a great player, and he’s going to get his points, but really from the third quarter on, we really made him work hard.” – Alvin Gentry on Davis’ play and Davis and the Pelicans holding Porzingis to 10/24 shooting from the field

“It was a big win. It was a good start to the road trip.” – Holiday on the significance of Sunday’s victory

“In the first half, we turned the ball over. We also missed a lot of wide-open shots that we usually make. In the second half we started going to the basket, stopped turning the ball over, and from there we can set up our defense. (Which led to) not as many shots in transition (for New York), which is great for us.” – Holiday on how the game changed in New Orleans’ favor after the Pelicans had faced a double-figure deficit much of the afternoon

“We knew we had a chance to win the game. We just had to straighten our own selves out.” – Cousins on cleaning up the turnovers that had plagued the Pelicans early in Sunday’s game

BY THE NUMBERS

47.4: Shooting percentages of both teams from the field. The Pelicans again had a rough night from three-point range (9/32), though E’Twaun Moore was an exception there (4/7).

6: Place in the Western Conference standings for the Pelicans after Sunday’s win, the highest they’ve been in weeks. That sixth-place standing was subject to change based on the Portland-Minnesota game late Sunday.

19: New Orleans turnovers, but 17 of those came in the first three quarters. New York was worse, coughing up a total of 22 turnovers, including four in the final 17 minutes.

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Pelicans vs. Knicks Postgame: Head Coach Alvin Gentry 1-14-18

Head Coach Alvin Gentry speaks to the media following the Pelicans' exciting OT win over the Knicks.
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Anthony Davis speaks to the media following his 48-point game against the New York Knicks.
Jan 14, 2018  |  01:22

GAME RECAP: Pelicans 123, Knicks 118

Anthony Davis scores a game-high 48 points as the Pelicans get the win in overtime over the Knicks, 123-118.
Jan 14, 2018  |  02:18

On-Court Postgame: Anthony Davis vs. Knicks

Pelicans Anthony Davis joins Fox Sports New Orleans for a postgame on-court interview following his 48-point performance in New Orleans' overtime win.
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Jrue Holiday scores 31 points vs. Knicks

Pelicans Jrue Holiday puts on a 31-point performance against the Knicks in New Orleans' overtime road win.
Jan 14, 2018  |  01:55

Anthony Davis racks up 48 and 17 against the Knicks

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Jan 14, 2018  |  02:22

Davis muscles it in for the tie

Pelicans Anthony Davis goes up strong under the rim to even it up late in the 4th quarter.
Jan 14, 2018  |  00:32

Rondo Hits Davis with the Alley-Oop

Pelicans Rajon Rondo leaves it up for Anthony Davis who stretches out for the alley-oop slam.
Jan 14, 2018  |  00:22

Davis beats the buzzer to end the half

Pelicans Anthony Davis knocks down a three-pointer to end the first half against the Knicks.
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Up and Under for Jrue Holiday

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Jan 14, 2018  |  00:22

Holiday with the strong finish

Pelicans Jrue Holiday slips the defense and goes up strong for the finish and foul.
Jan 14, 2018  |  00:17

Davis swats it into the stands

Pelicans Anthony Davis runs the floor and swats Tim Hardaway Jr.'s corner shot into the stands.
Jan 14, 2018  |  00:19