Postgame recap: Pelicans 124, Heat 123 (OT)

by Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer

Pelicans (32-26), Heat (30-29)

Anthony Davis raised his arms, yelled to the Smoothie King Center crowd and began high-fiving fans in the first row across from the New Orleans bench. After another superb performance by the five-time All-Star and his sidekick in the Pelicans’ backcourt Friday, it was time to celebrate.

Davis piled up 45 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks, joining Jrue Holiday in coming up with countless key plays in the fourth quarter and overtime of a dramatic, come-from-behind victory over Miami. It was New Orleans’ fourth consecutive win, a streak dating to before the All-Star break.

IT WAS OVER WHEN…

Dwyane Wade’s 20-footer from straightaway bounced off the back of the rim, then a rushed close-range shot by Miami misfired just before the OT buzzer, sealing New Orleans’ win. Seven seconds of game time earlier, Holiday dropped in the go-ahead basket from the middle of the lane. The Heat did not have any timeouts remaining, so they had to quickly advance the ball, resulting in Wade taking a contested jumper over Holiday that drew back iron.

PELICANS PLAYER OF THE GAME

Davis has been phenomenal even by his standards during NOLA’s active four-game winning streak, averaging 42.3 points, with games of 44, 38, 42 and 45 points, respectively. On Friday, he didn’t have a great shooting night – again, only in comparison to his own recent level of elite efficiency – going 17/34 from the field and 1/6 on three-pointers. Davis’ aforementioned 45-17-5 line also featured five steals. He went for 21 points in the first half, tacked on 15 more in the second half, then came up with a crucial nine points in the extra session. That included an and-one layup to put New Orleans in front 122-121 with 29 seconds to go, before Wade drained a 15-foot fadeaway jumper at 0:21.

QUOTES TO NOTE

“We just fought. We just battled, knowing that both teams are in the same spot right now, as far as playoffs. We’re both trying to accomplish the same thing.” – Davis on what was a fantastic regular season NBA game between New Orleans and Miami

“I’m just trying to do my part. That’s it. When (DeMarcus Cousins) first went out, I was overthinking, trying to do things I wouldn’t normally do. Now I’m just playing basketball, relying on a lot of instincts and a lot of confidence. I’m just trying to make the right play, whether it’s for me or my teammates. Everyone’s confidence is up right now, and we’re generating wins off of that.” – Davis on his play and the recent roll by the Pelicans

“Just him being great. That’s what we expect from him. We know he’s going to make some tough shots, but we need him to do that, especially if we’re going to win close games.” – Ian Clark (21 points) on Davis’ performance

“I’ve been here (only since signing Feb. 3), and this is like his fifth 40-point game. It’s video game-like.” – Emeka Okafor (seven rebounds, five blocks) on being wowed by new teammate Davis

BY THE NUMBERS

13: New Orleans blocks, paced by five each from Davis and Okafor. Nearly one-fourth of Miami’s 58 missed shots were rejected.

29, 9: Holiday’s points and assists. The guard tallied 14 of his points in the fourth quarter and OT.

8/31: Pelicans three-point shooting. New Orleans overcame many things Friday to prevail, including a fourth-quarter deficit and a rough night beyond the arc. Miami led about 90 percent or more of regulation.

Halftime Performance: Big Sam's Funky Nation 2-23-18

Big Sam's Funky Nation entertains fans during halftime of the Pelicans game against the Miami Heat on February 23, 2018.

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Halftime Performance: Big Sam's Funky Nation 2-23-18

Big Sam's Funky Nation entertains fans during halftime of the Pelicans game against the Miami Heat on February 23, 2018.
Feb 24, 2018  |  06:12

Pelicans Dance Team First Half Performance 2-23-18

The Pelicans Dance Team performs during the first half in the Smoothie King Center as the Pelicans take on the Miami Heat on February 23, 2017.
Feb 24, 2018  |  01:27

Pelikids Performance 2-23-18

The Pelikids show off their moves during the Pelicans game against the Miami Heat on February 23, 2018.
Feb 24, 2018  |  01:20

Pelicans Dance Team Second Half Performance 2-23-18

The Pelicans Dance Team performs during the second half in the Smoothie King Center as the Pelicans take on the Miami Heat on February 23, 2017.
Feb 24, 2018  |  01:26

GAME RECAP: Pelicans 124, Heat 123

Anthony Davis put the Pelicans on his back with 45 points, 17 rebounds, 5 steals, and 5 blocks as the Pelicans get a win in overtime over the Heat 124-123. Goran Dragićc scored 30 points for Miami in
Feb 24, 2018  |  02:01

Holiday scores 29 vs Heat

Jrue Holiday scored 29 points, adding seven rebounds and nine assists in a win vs the Heat
Feb 23, 2018  |  02:01

Nightly Notable: Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis scores 45 points with 17 rebounds, five blocks, and five steals
Feb 23, 2018  |  02:02

Block of the Night: Emeka Okafor

James Johnson attempts a dunk in transition but Emeka Okafor rises up to block his shot back down.
Feb 23, 2018  |  00:19

Dunk of the Night: Anthony Davis

Holiday lobs up a pass to Anthony Davis who posterizes Dwyane Wade.
Feb 23, 2018  |  00:30

Pelicans vs Heat Postgame: Emeka Okafor 02-28-18

Center Emeka Okafor speaks with the media after the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Miami Heat 124-123 in overtime at the Smoothie King Center on February 23, 2018.
Feb 23, 2018  |  03:45

Pelicans vs Heat Postgame: Ian Clark 02-23-18

Guard Ian Clark speaks with the media after the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Miami Heat 124-123 in overtime at the Smoothie King Center on February 23, 2018.
Feb 23, 2018  |  03:23

Pelicans vs Heat Postgame: Anthony Davis 02-23-18

Forward Anthony Davis speaks with the media after the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Miami Heat 124-123 in overtime at the Smoothie King Center on February 23, 2018.
Feb 23, 2018  |  04:29

Pelicans vs Heat Postgame: Alvin Gentry 02-23-18

Head Coach Alvin Gentry speaks with the media after the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Miami Heat 124-123 in overtime at the Smoothie King Center on February 23, 2018.
Feb 23, 2018  |  06:57

Jrue and AD hook up again

Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis have been playing an inspired game of 2-on-2 in overtime
Feb 23, 2018  |  00:24

Holiday to Davis for the late alley-oop

Jrue Holiday finds Anthony Davis in transition for the best alley-oop of the night
Feb 23, 2018  |  00:29

Anthony Davis with the And-1

Anthony Davis uses the floater for the bucket and a foul
Feb 23, 2018  |  00:19

Clark with the steal, Jrue with the bucket

Ian Clark is getting it done on both ends of the floor tonight with Holiday finishing on the offensive side
Feb 23, 2018  |  00:21

AD gets his own rebound and scores

AD hustles for his own rebound, then ball handles his way into the paint for two
Feb 23, 2018  |  00:21

Okafor continues the block party

Emeka Okafor's 5th block of the night is the best one yet
Feb 23, 2018  |  00:22

Anthony Davis' dominance on display

AD takes the feed from Rondo and does what he does best
Feb 23, 2018  |  00:21

Clark with the steal for the transition bucket

Ian Clark gets the job done on the defensive side and E'Twaun finishes on the other end
Feb 23, 2018  |  00:09

Jrue to Davis for the Monster dunk

Holiday finds Davis, AD does the rest
Feb 23, 2018  |  00:15

Huge block by Okafor

Emeka gets up high and denies the bucket
Feb 23, 2018  |  00:11

Ian Clark catches fire in the 2nd quarter

Ian Clark has 12 points in the 2nd quarter and is looking for more
Feb 23, 2018  |  00:49

Anthony Davis with 9 in the 1st Quarter

AD started strong with 9 points in the 1st quarter
Feb 23, 2018  |  00:39

Rondo to Davis for the Alley-Oop

Rajon Rondo uses great vision to find AD for the alley-oop
Feb 23, 2018  |  00:09

Pelicans Shootaround: Darius Miller 02-23-18

Forward Darius Miller talks about coming back from the All-Star Break and the Pelicans' match-up against the Miami Heat on Friday February 23, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Smoothie King Center.
Feb 23, 2018  |  01:45

Pelicans Shootaround: E'Twaun Moore 02-23-18

Guard E'Twaun Moore talks about coming back from the All-Star Break and the Pelicans' match-up against the Miami Heat on Friday February 23, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Smoothie King Center.
Feb 23, 2018  |  01:02

Pelicans Hype - '25 games left. No excuses.'

The New Orleans Pelicans begin their playoff push when the face the Miami Heat on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Smoothie King Center at 7 p.m. and broadcast on Fox Sports New Orleans.
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Pelicans Practice: Alvin Gentry 02-22-18

Head Coach Alvin Gentry speaks with the media at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center as the New Orleans Pelicans prepare for their first game after the All-Star Break when they face the Miami Heat on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Smoothie King Center.
Feb 22, 2018  |  07:29