NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Tuesday, the Pelicans came out flat-footed against the Timberwolves on the second night of a back-to-back but recovered. Thursday, New Orleans was the well-rested team, and they pounced on a fatigued Detroit Pistons team and never looked back en route to a 115-96 win.
Guard Norris Cole replaced Eric Gordon in the starting lineup and electrified the team in the early goings with a fast break dunk, part of a first half that saw the team score 72, the most all season. The Pelicans built their lead up to 23 in the third quarter before the Pistons stormed back and eventually got within as little as nine points but Alvin Gentry's squad held on, outscoring the visitors, 25-19, in the fourth quarter.
Anthony Davis again led the team in scoring with 32, followed by four teammates in double digits.
The Pelicans' seven-game home stand continues Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks at 6 p.m.