Jrue Holiday scoops up a shot at Miami

Postgame wrap: Heat 109, Pelicans 94

Heat (9-3), Pelicans (3-9)
by Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer

MIAMI – OK, now this is getting out of hand.

New Orleans entered Saturday’s game with an injury list featuring seven names, including five of the team’s top seven scorers – and that latter group doesn’t even include No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson. By halftime in South Florida, there were two more additions to the group of injured Pelicans, as Frank Jackson (left neck contusion) and Derrick Favors (lower back spasms) were forced to exit. As a result, New Orleans actually had more injured players (nine) than players available (eight) to Alvin Gentry.

The remaining eight Pelicans put up a fight for much of Saturday’s interconference matchup, but it wasn’t enough to secure a victory in South Florida. Miami held the lead for a majority of the game, benefiting from New Orleans struggling to keep up offensively, given all of its missing firepower.

IT WAS OVER WHEN…

Miami reserve Kelly Olynyk drilled a three-pointer to give the hosts a 15-point edge with four-plus minutes remaining. Heat rookie Kendrick Nunn followed that up with a three of his own, putting his team over the century mark at 101-86.

PELICANS PLAYER OF THE GAME

New Orleans rookie guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker busted out in a big way, easily surpassing his career high in scoring by depositing 27 points, highlighted by 6/9 three-point shooting. The first-round pick from Virginia Tech poured in 13 points in the second quarter alone, helping New Orleans get back in the hunt and only trail 54-49 at intermission.

“You never want guys to go down (to injury),” Alexander-Walker said of the opportunity. “I pray that all my teammates come back healthy, so that we can try to turn it around. But at the same time, when your name is called, you have to step up. I’ve been learning that’s part of being a pro. When my name was called, I felt like it was needed for me to be aggressive, and that’s what I tried to do.”

BY THE NUMBERS

35/57: Miami shooting from two-point range. The Heat led points in the paint by a 60-42 margin.

21/47: New Orleans shooting from two-point range. Sometimes when a rate is this low, it’s because the opposing team blocked a bunch of shots, but Miami only had three rejections, all by Bam Adebayo.

40, 39: Minutes played by Pelicans starting forwards E’Twaun Moore and Kenrich Williams, respectively, necessitated by injury DNPs.

#SATURDAYSCORER

For all 14 Saturday games throughout New Orleans’ regular season, we’ll be selecting a Pelicans player we think will most exceed his season scoring average for that day’s game. Daniel Sallerson picked Frank Jackson, while Jim Eichenhofer took E’Twaun Moore. In a fan poll among four other candidates, Jrue Holiday was chosen (with 42 percent of votes).

The fourth Saturday contest was won by Eichenhofer (Moore exactly doubled his previous season scoring average of 9.0 by notching 18 points), making the season standings: Daniel 2, Jim 1, Fans 1. Sallerson and Eichenhofer cannot repeat a player among any of the first seven Saturday games.

Previous winners:

Oct. 26 at Houston, Fans – Lonzo Ball (Daniel pick: Nickeil Alexander-Walker; Jim: JJ Redick)

Nov. 2 at Oklahoma City, Daniel – JJ Redick (Fans: Lonzo Ball; Jim: Jrue Holiday)

Nov. 9 at Charlotte, Daniel – Kenrich Williams (Fans: Jrue Holiday; Jim: Brandon Ingram)

Pelicans vs. Heat Postgame: E'Twaun Moore 11-16-19

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Pelicans vs. Heat Postgame: E'Twaun Moore 11-16-19

E'Twaun Moore talks about the team's effort in Miami with very limited personnel.
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Pelicans at Heat Highlights: E'Twaun Moore nets 18 points at Miami

New Orleans Pelicans guard E'Twaun Moore contributed 18 points at Miami.
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Pelicans at Heat Highlights: Nickeil Alexander-Walker finds E'Twaun Moore for the triple

New Orleans Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker dishes to E'Twaun Moore for the three.
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Pelicans at Heat Highlights: E'Twaun Moore steal and score

New Orleans Pelicans guard E'Twaun Moore turns defense into offense.
Nov 16, 2019  |  00:11

Pelicans at Heat Highlights: Josh Gray finds Jaxson Hayes for the alley-oop

New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Gray delivers the alley-oop to Jaxson Hayes.
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New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes steals the ball and finds Nicolò Melli for the transition three.
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Pelicans at Heat Highlights: Jaxson Hayes throws down thunderous one-handed slam

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Pelicans at Heat Highlights: Rookie Jaxson Hayes flushes home the follow-up slam

New Orleans Pelicans rookie center Jaxson Hayes crashes the boards for the put-back slam.
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Pelicans at Heat Highlights: Jrue Holiday knocks down his second triple

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday sinks his second triple of the game from the top of the key.
Nov 16, 2019  |  00:09

Pelicans at Heat Highlights: E'Twaun Moore finds Derrick Favors underneath for the layup

New Orleans Pelicans guard E'Twaun Moore makes an acrobatic move to find Derrick Favors for the bucket.
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Pelicans Shootaround: Frank Jackson 11-16-19

Frank Jackson talks about tonight's game against the Miami Heat.
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Pelicans Shootaround: Kenrich Williams 11-16-19

New Orleans Pelicans forward Kenrich Williams talks the media prior to Saturday's game against the Miami Heat.
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