Refresh
Page last updated on Tue Mar 31 14:08:20 EDT 2015
RECAP
12/14/2013 12:13 AM EST
Gordon leads Pelicans past Grizzlies, 104-98
NEW ORLEANS 104, MEMPHIS 98

By BRETT MARTEL
AP Sports Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- With a big fourth-quarter lead dwindling
quickly, Pelicans coach Monty Williams called a timeout and told
his team to run a play that would ensure Eric Gordon got the
ball.

As far as Williams was concerned, it wasn't so much great
coaching as common sense, the way Gordon was shooting.

Gordon drained a momentum-shifting 20-foot jumper that capped
his 25-point outing, and New Orleans held on for its second
straight victory, 104-98 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday
night.

"That's the Eric that I know can be an All-Star-type player on a
night-in and night-out basis just because he's not afraid to
take big shots," Williams said. "We just put the ball in Eric's
hands and had him make a play. ... Eric's really good at reading
defenses, so he comes out and hits a big shot and then we just
got stops when we needed."

Gordon hit 10 of 12 shots, including all three of his 3-point
attempts. He also made both of his free throws.

"I've shown that I can score at any point during the game,"
Gordon said. "With me tonight, I was just hitting everything,
basically."

Jrue Holiday added 20 points and 12 assists, hitting a clutch
3-pointer in the final minute to give New Orleans more breathing
room after its 19-point, fourth-quarter lead had been trimmed to
six with nearly five minutes remaining.

Holiday also did not turn the ball over, and the Pelicans
finished with a season-low six turnovers.

"That's a good feeling," Holiday said. "I can go home and go to
sleep tonight."

Ryan Anderson scored 18 for New Orleans, which has won five of
seven games, mostly without power forward Anthony Davis, who
broke his left hand in the first quarter of the first game in
that stretch. However, New Orleans lost guard Tyreke Evans, who
aggravated a recent left ankle sprain on a drive in which he was
fouled by Tony Allen the last seconds of the first half.

"Just a little tweak," said Evans, who made two free throws
after the injury, then sat out the second half. "Hopefully I'll
be back next game."

Jon Leuer scored 19 and Mike Conley 18 for Memphis, which has
lost two straight. Zach Randolph added 13 points and 10 rebounds
for the Grizzlies, who were done in by a 21-3 Pelicans run that
started in the last half of the third quarter.

Memphis coach Dave Joerger said defending the Pelicans can be
tough when Anderson, Holiday and Gordon are all playing well.

"Good team on the perimeter," Joerger said. "There are times
where Holiday and Gordon are able to make plays because we were
trying to get out to Ryan Anderson so quickly that the gaps
become big and those guys take advantage of those gaps."

The Grizzlies were as close as 63-62 on Kosta Koufos' 6-foot
runner halfway through the third quarter, but Randolph went to
the bench with his fourth foul soon after.

New Orleans then started to dominate, going on a 21-3 run that
gave the Pelicans their largest lead at 84-65 early in the
fourth quarter.

The surge included Gordon's layup and 27-footer with a second
left in the third quarter.

Memphis nearly had an answer, though.

Mike Miller's free throws began a 15-3 run, which he capped with
a 3 to cut it to 94-88 with 4:53 still left.

That's when Williams called timeout and put the game in Gordon's
hands. After his big shot, Holiday followed with a 9-foot
floater, Al-Farouq Aminu sank a pair of clutch free throws and
Holiday connected from 3. That put New Orleans ahead 103-93 with
54 seconds left, and Memphis could not recover.

"They just hit shots toward the end of the game," Randolph said.
"With them two guys - Holiday and Eric - in their backcourt,
that's a pretty good backcourt, real good. They showed up
tonight and hit big shots."

Notes: The Grizzlies are 0-6 against Southwest Division
opponents. ... New Orleans begins a five-game road trip at
Denver on Sunday night. ... Memphis, which shot 50 percent (40
of 80), lost for the first time in 18 games when shooting that
well. ... The Pelicans shot 51.3 percent (39 of 76).

TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Temple
2
Los Angeles Clippers
3
Stanford
4
Los Angeles Clippers
5
Golden State Warriors
03/31/2015
ATP - Miami, USAMANNARINO, A vs. THIEM, D07:50 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USABERDYCH, T vs. MONFILS, G08:00 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USAMONACO, J vs. VERDASCO, F09:10 AM PST
WTA - Miami, USAPETKOVIC, A vs. PLISKOVA, K10:00 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USAANDERSON, K vs. MURRAY, A11:15 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USASIMON, G vs. FERRER, D11:30 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USADJOKOVIC, N vs. DOLGOPOLOV, A12:35 PM PST
ATP - Miami, USANISHIKORI, K vs. GOFFIN, D2:00 PM PST
College BasketballMiami Florida vs Temple4:00 PM PST
College BasketballTennessee Martin vs Evansville4:00 PM PST
NHLPanthers at Bruins4:00 PM PST
NHLHurricanes at Capitals4:00 PM PST
NHLDevils at Blue Jackets4:00 PM PST
NHLLightning at Maple Leafs4:30 PM PST
NHLSenators at Red Wings4:30 PM PST
WTA - Miami, USASUAREZ NAV., C vs. WILLIAMS, V4:30 PM PST
NBAPacers vs Nets4:35 PM PST
NBAHawks vs Pistons4:35 PM PST
NHLCanucks at Predators5:00 PM PST
NHLRangers at Jets5:00 PM PST
NBASpurs vs Heat5:05 PM PST
College BasketballNJIT vs Northern Arizona6:00 PM PST
ATP - Miami, USAISNER, J vs. RAONIC, M6:00 PM PST
College BasketballStanford vs Old Dominion6:25 PM PST
NBAWarriors vs Clippers7:35 PM PST
04/01/2015
NBAPistons vs Hornets4:05 PM PST
NBASpurs vs Magic4:05 PM PST
NBA76ers vs Wizards4:05 PM PST
NHLMaple Leafs at Sabres4:30 PM PST
NBAPacers vs Celtics4:35 PM PST
NBANets vs Knicks4:35 PM PST
College BasketballLoyola Chicago vs UL - Monroe5:00 PM PST
NHLFlyers at Penguins5:00 PM PST
NBAKings vs Rockets5:05 PM PST
NBABulls vs Bucks5:05 PM PST
NBARaptors vs Timberwolves5:05 PM PST
NBAMavericks vs Thunder5:05 PM PST
NBANuggets vs Jazz6:05 PM PST
NHLOilers at Ducks7:00 PM PST
NBAClippers vs Trail Blazers7:05 PM PST
NHLAvalanche at Sharks7:30 PM PST
NBAPelicans vs Lakers7:35 PM PST
04/02/2015
NHLIslanders at Blue Jackets4:00 PM PST
NHLCapitals at Canadiens4:30 PM PST
NHLLightning at Senators4:30 PM PST
NHLBruins at Red Wings4:30 PM PST
NHLHurricanes at Panthers4:30 PM PST
NHLFlames at Blues5:00 PM PST
NHLRangers at Wild5:00 PM PST
NHLCanucks at Blackhawks5:30 PM PST
NHLOilers at Kings7:30 PM PST
04/03/2015
NHLBlackhawks at Sabres4:00 PM PST
NHLCanadiens at Devils4:00 PM PST
NHLBlues at Stars5:30 PM PST
NHLAvalanche at Ducks7:00 PM PST
NHLCoyotes at Sharks7:00 PM PST
04/04/2015
UFCL Murphy vs L Carmouche08:00 AM PST
UFCA Yakovlev vs G Maynard08:00 AM PST
UFCT Johnson vs S Abdurahimov08:00 AM PST
UFCJ Jones vs R Stallings08:00 AM PST
UFCR Lamas vs C Mendes10:00 AM PST
UFCA Iaquinta vs J Masvidal10:00 AM PST
UFCM Clarke vs M Chiesa10:00 AM PST
UFCM Dudieva vs J Pena10:00 AM PST
UFCR Peralta vs C Guida10:00 AM PST
UFCD Ferreira vs D Poirier10:00 AM PST
NHLFlyers at Hurricanes10:00 AM PST
NHLPenguins at Blue Jackets11:00 AM PST
NHLCanucks at Jets12:00 PM PST
College BasketballMichigan State vs Duke3:05 PM PST
NHLLightning at Panthers4:00 PM PST
NHLSabres at Islanders4:00 PM PST
NHLDevils at Rangers4:00 PM PST
NHLWings at Wild4:00 PM PST
NHLMaple Leafs at Bruins4:00 PM PST
NHLCapitals at Senators4:00 PM PST
NHLStarts at Predators5:00 PM PST
College BasketballWisconsin vs Kentucky5:45 PM PST
NHLSharks at Coyotes6:00 PM PST
NHLFlames at Oilers7:00 PM PST
NHLAvalanche at Kings7:00 PM PST
04/05/2015
NHLPenguins at Flyers09:30 AM PST
NHLCapitals at Red Wings2:00 PM PST
NHLCanadiens at Panthers2:00 PM PST
NHLSenators at Maple Leafs4:30 PM PST
NHLBlues at Blackhawks4:30 PM PST
04/06/2015
NHLHurricanes at Sabres4:00 PM PST
NHLBlue jackets at Rangers4:00 PM PST
NHLJets at Wild5:00 PM PST
NHLKings at Canucks7:00 PM PST
NHLStars at Sharks7:30 PM PST
04/07/2015
NHLRangers at Devils4:00 PM PST
NHLIslanders at Flyers4:00 PM PST
NHLPenguins at Senators4:30 PM PST