NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Pelicans win streak move to three games after disposing of the stubborn Cavaliers, 140-124.
Cleveland (8-34) , the worst team in the NBA record-wise, led New Orleans (20-22) by 13 points after one quarter of play. In the second half, the Pelicans outscored the Cavs by 20 points to grab the win.
Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 38 points on a 11-of-17 shooting, and pulled in 13 boards.
“Yeah, the game didn’t start exactly how we wanted to, but we hadn’t played a team yet that was 10-for-10 or 9-for-10 from three and (against) challenged shots. I thought our guys just settled down and we did a good job. And I thought the second half offensively we moved the basketball and did a great job. Obviously if you have back-to-back 40-point quarters, you’re offense is working pretty well," said head coach Alvin Gentry.
After missing the last 12 games with an ankle injury, Nikola Mirotic returned to the lineup. The forward drained four three-pointers, finishing with 17 points.
“Oh, man. The first quarter was rough. First of all, it was great to see the support from the fans…people cheering there. It was great for me. I was 12 games out, it was a long time," said Niko Mirotic.
“I missed being with the guys. I missed playing here at home, so it was a great feeling after the first three I made. The second half I felt way better defensively. I felt much more quicker moving around and on fast breaks as well. It was great, especially winning.”
The Pelicans hit the road to face Minnesota on Saturday night.