Pelicans snap Hawks' 19-game winning streak

BY foxsports • February 2, 2015

The Atlanta Hawks' franchise-record 19-game winning streak was snapped Monday night in a 115-100 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Anthony Davis had 29 points and 13 rebounds to help New Orleans win for the sixth time in seven games, a stint which includes victories over several contending squads including Dallas and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jeff Teague scored 21 for Atlanta, but the Hawks fell behind by double digits in the first quarter trailed the rest of the way, staying within single digits for only a few brief stints.

Eric Gordon scored 20 points for New Orleans, while Tyreke Evans scored 15 points and tied a season high with 12 assists for the fourth time in five games.

Paul Millsap had 15 points and Kyle Korver 12 for the Hawks, who made only seven of 22 3-point attempts.

Omer Asik grabbed 17 rebounds for New Orleans, which outrebounded Atlanta 52-32. Davis grabbed eight of his rebounds on the offensive end.

Ryan Anderson added 15 points for the Pelicans, who outshot Atlanta, 50 percent (43 of 86) to 44.9 percent (40 of 89).

Atlanta briefly got as close as seven in the third quarter when DeMarre Carroll, returning from a strained left Achilles that sidelined him two games, hit back-to-back 3s to make it 60-53.

But New Orleans kept scoring, and soon after went back up by 12 when Evans banked in a 3 late in the shot clock.

Gordon's minutes were limited by foul trouble, but his backup, Jimmer Fredette, responded to additional minutes with 10 points, including a 3 that put the Pelicans up by 17 in the fourth quarter. Soon after, Asik's putback dunk gave New Orleans its largest lead at 101-82 and sent the crowd into a frenzy, sensing there was no way Atlanta could recover during the last 6:03.

The Hawks had looked a bit shaky in their previous victory over struggling Philadelphia, blowing a 21-point lead before hanging on to win 91-85.

Atlanta again looked sluggish in the first half in New Orleans, shooting 37.8 percent (17 of 45), including 2 of 14 from 3-point range.

With Davis and Gordon both shooting well, the Pelicans built a 13-point lead in the opening half. Davis compounded Atlanta's problems by his rebounding on the offense end, highlighted by his put-back jam. He corralled Quincy Pondexter's missed 3 with his right hand and slammed it down in one round-house motion, inciting a thunderous roar from the crowd.

Davis wound up with 19 points in the first half, capped by his free throw that made it 55-42 at halftime.


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