NBA Game Summary - Memphis at New Orleans|
(Friday, December 13th)
Final Score: New Orleans 104, Memphis 98
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Gordon scored 25 points and the New
Orleans Pelicans beat Memphis 104-98 on Friday night, ending the Grizzlies'
five-game road winning streak.
Jrue Holiday had 20 points and 12 assists and Ryan Anderson scored 18 for the
Pelicans, who went over .500 for the second time this season (11-10) after a
Jon Leuer scored 19 points off the bench to lead Memphis. Mike Conley added 18
and Zach Randolph scored 13 with 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have lost
three in a row to New Orleans.
Memphis shot 64 percent in the first quarter for a 34-26 lead and almost 53
percent in the second, but trailed 55-54 at halftime.
After giving up 34 points in the first quarter, the Pelicans surrendered just
31 in the next two periods combined.
New Orleans coach Monty Williams chalked up the slow defensive start to the
Grizzlies' hot hands.
Conley and Leuer had 12 points apiece in the first half and were a combined
11-for-16 from the floor.
"The first quarter was not something to be happy about but our guys grinded it
out in the second and third," said Williams. "That happens. We don't like it
but sometimes teams just make shots."
Gordon scored nine points during an extended 25-5 Pelicans run that turned a
60-59 deficit into an 84-65 lead in the fourth quarter. Gordon hit a trey in
the final seconds of the third to make it 82-65 and Anderson capped the burst
with a jumper early in the fourth.
The Grizzlies got as close as five, but not until the final seconds.
"We just couldn't score, then they just hit their shots," Randolph said of New
Orleans' second-half surge.
New Orleans improved to 3-2 since losing center Anthony Davis to a broken hand
... The Pelicans were 9-8 after a three-overtime win in Chicago on Dec. 2 ...
New Orleans starts a five-game road trip Sunday in Denver ... Memphis is home
on Sunday against Minnesota.
12/14 00:19:00 ET