Postgame: Suns 104, Pelicans 88

by Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer

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Suns (12-16), Pelicans (7-19)

PHOENIX – It said much of what you needed to know about New Orleans’ offensive performance Friday that Eric Gordon shot 2 of 11 from the field – yet still was the Pelicans’ leading scorer for nearly the entire game. Playing in an arena where they’ve rarely had success in recent years, excluding a November win, the Pelicans couldn’t get untracked on offense throughout the ESPN-televised game. New Orleans finished at just 36.6 percent from the field and 4/21 (18.2 percent) from three-point range. Also hurting the cause were 21 turnovers, leading to 20 Phoenix points.                  

IT WAS OVER WHEN…

Phoenix’s Brandon Knight sank a three-pointer, followed by Alex Len dribbling to the rim, drawing a foul and netting one of two free throws. The Suns took a 91-75 lead with roughly 6:30 remaining in the game after Len’s charity toss, approaching what was their largest advantage (17) on the scoreboard.

PELICANS PLAYER OF THE GAME

Reserve point guard Ish Smith made the most of his nine minutes on the floor, collecting 12 points (4/7 FGs, 4/4 FTs) as the rare Pelican who did not have a subpar shooting night. Smith, who has seen limited minutes lately since the returns of Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole from injury, handed out two assists.

PELICANS UNSUNG CONTRIBUTOR

On a night when Alvin Gentry described his team’s effort in harsh terms, there wasn’t a lot to write home about in the blue-collar or intangibles department. New Orleans’ defense did force 19 turnovers and had eight steals and seven blocks, but that was offset by committing 21 turnovers.

QUOTES TO NOTE

“We’re going to miss shots, but we still have to be on our defense. They killed us in fast break points and all of that, points in the paint. We’ve got to get better if we want to win, we have to get better in all those categories. We just acted like we didn’t care.” – Anthony Davis (16 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks) on the loss

“We just had an off night… we started missing shots and from there it kind of went downhill.” – Jrue Holiday (14 points, 4 assists) on the loss

BY THE NUMBERS

21-8: Phoenix advantage in second-chance points.

52-34: Phoenix advantage in points in the paint.

6: More free throw makes New Orleans had (32) compared to field goals (26), an NBA rarity.

Pelicans-Suns Postgame: Anthony Davis 12-18-15

Anthony Davis reflects on tonight's performance against the Phoenix Suns.

Pelicans at Suns 12/18/15

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Pelicans-Suns Postgame: Anthony Davis 12-18-15

Anthony Davis reflects on tonight's performance against the Phoenix Suns.
Dec 19, 2015  |  01:36

Davis Throws It Down

Alonzo Gee finds Anthony Davis in the paint and Davis rises up to slam it home over a defender.
Dec 18, 2015  |  00:19

Smith To Davis

Ish Smith drives the lane and throws the lob up to Anthony Davis for the slam.
Dec 18, 2015  |  00:15

Rebound Drill

Anthony Davis tips the initial rebound off the glass back to himself and he slams home the second rebound.
Dec 18, 2015  |  00:19

Pelicans vs. Suns

Eric Bledsoe scored 29 points and the Phoenix Suns led nearly the entire way in a 104-88 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.
Dec 18, 2015  |  01:49
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