Pelicans hold off Pistons, 111-106 in OT
It’s a good thing for the New Orleans Pelicans that Ryan
Anderson doesn’t let an off night stop him from unleashing
long-range shots with the game on the line.
Anderson shook off some unusually poor shooting and hit two
clutch 3-pointers in overtime that carried the New Orleans Pelicans
to a 111-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday
”It’s important that I stay aggressive on this team. I think
coach has a lot of confidence in me, a lot of faith in me and if
I’m passive or if I don’t take a shot when I’m open, it could hurt
the team,” Anderson said. ”So when I get an open chance I want to
shoot it confidently. … You can never give up your confidence on
the court, no matter how awful the shooting night you have.”
Jason Smith showed he is getting increasingly comfortable at
center after spending much of his early pro career at power
forward. The 7-footer never backed down against the size and
strength Detroit had underneath with Greg Monroe and Andre
Smith scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds for
the Pelicans, who snapped a two-game skid while handing Detroit its
third straight loss.
”He was a monster tonight,” Pelicans coach Monty Williams
said. ”Here’s a guy doing it on both ends of the floor, has a
career night and just didn’t give in.”
Anderson finished with 22 points on 6-of-18 shooting, including
4 of 12 from 3-point range. Jrue Holiday added 19 points and
Al-Farouq Aminu, whose teammates call him ”Chief,” had 11 points
and 14 rebounds.
Asked what it meant for the Pelicans to outrebound Detroit 51-43
– turning 16 offensive rebounds into 14 second-chance points –
Anderson said, ”It means Jason and Chief battled their tails off
tonight. … It just means that we wanted it more.”
New Orleans also got 14 points from Tyreke Evans, whom the
Pelicans expected to miss a week or two after an ankle sprain
Friday. Instead, he returned without missing a game, but
acknowledged he played in pain.
”I just felt like I could help,” said Evans, adding that he
understood his team was already short-handed because of Anthony
Davis’ broken hand. ”Once I felt like I could run and cut
side-to-side, I said, `I’m going to play.”’
Monroe, a New Orleans native, had 28 points and 10 rebounds for
Detroit, which led by three points early in overtime before
Anderson’s first 3 of the extra session tied it. Brandon Jennings
added 25 points and Rodney Stuckey 20 for the Pistons.
Drummond had 10 points and 11 rebounds, but was disappointed New
Orleans established itself as better team near the basket.
”It’s on Greg and I to figure it out. We can’t continue to let
guys come in our paint and do those kinds of things to us,”
Drummond said. ”It’s a building process and we’re going to figure
it out. It’s not going to happen for too long.”
Detroit had one last lead when Jennings stole the ball from
Holiday and heaved the ball down-court to Monroe for a fast-break
dunk to make it 103-102. That’s when Anderson responded with his
second 3 of the extra period to give New Orleans the lead for
”We lost track of him in overtime,” Monroe said of Anderson.
”With a guy like that, you can’t give him one second to get that
shot off. … We did a good job most of the game, but he hurt us in
Detroit trailed 108-106 after Jennings’ floater off the glass
with 13 seconds left. Detroit then fouled Evans, who missed his
second free throw, but Josh Smith was called for a lane violation,
and Evans hit on his extra chance to seal it.
The Pelicans led by as many as 12 points in the third quarter
when Holiday’s 15-foot pull-up made it 83-71, but that lead
evaporated when Stuckey’s turnaround jumper late in the period
began a 12-0 Detroit run that included Monroe’s layup and
Detroit finally tied the game at 96 on Josh Smith’s running hook
with 1:19 left. Both teams then went cold, each failing to score on
a pair of possessions, and the game went to overtime after Jennings
missed two jumpers in the final seconds.
NOTES: Eric Gordon scored 14 for New Orleans. … Smith scored
11 for Detroit. … The Pistons rested Chauncey Billups in what was
the Pistons’ second game in as many nights, while Stuckey returned
from a two-game absence cause by left knee soreness.