Players Grades: New Orleans Pelicans Crush Timberwolves to Extend Winning Streak
The New Orleans Pelicans continued their winning streak by dominating a young Minnesota Timberwolves team at home, for their fourth straight win.
The New Orleans Pelicans won their fourth game in a row tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves in dominating fashion.
Wow, this “winning” thing is starting to get fun…
It was a convincing win on National Television for the Pelicans, who used another hot shooting night to propel them past their opponent. Minnesota stood tall with New Orleans until the third quarter, where the Pelicans used a 27-6 run to push the game out of reach.
This game came down to shooting. While the Timberwolves shot a measly 38.4%, the Pelicans continued to catch fire, shooting 54.2% on the night. Add along nine three-pointers in the game and the blowout becomes more obvious.
One player shined above all others. You guessed it…
Davis had a monster game, putting up 45 points and 10 rebounds in 39 minutes. If there was questions about his health coming into this game, he answered those swiftly and convincingly.
Another player that kept the hot streak going was Terrence Jones. Jones shot 7-10 from the field for 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Tim Frazier and E’Twaun Moore both added over 10 points in the game themselves.
For Minnesota, Zach LaVine stole the show with 26 points, but took 22 shots in the game. Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins combined to shoot 6-30 from the field for 22 points. Minnesota as a team had 17 turnovers in the game, not helping their cause.
With the country watching on ESPN, many wondered which young team would step up to the plate. The New Orleans Pelicans did.
This New Orleans Pelicans team is a completely different animal than the one 10 games ago. This is no longer a collection of talented basketball players. It is one cohesive unit, that is looking to find the best looks available and play the best team defensive possible. For the second straight game, they’ve blown the other team out of the game, before the fourth quarter even started. Should the hype be tempered by the fire shooting? Who cares! The Pelicans are making basketball fun again. This is the time to just enjoy the show.
New Orleans will look to keep the show going Friday night, as they travel to Portland for a duel with the Blazers. The Pelicans beat Portland last week and will look to take a 2-0 series lead on the season. Tip is scheduled for 9:00 PM CST.
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