New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Davis had a game-high 22 points
with nine rebounds and eight blocks to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a
105-98 win over the Utah Jazz at New Orleans Arena
Ryan Anderson netted 19 off the bench on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point land and
Jrue Holiday added 14 points with four assists in handing Utah its 12th loss
in 13 games.
New Orleans also snapped a personal four-game losing streak to the
Jazz, avenging a 111-105 loss Nov. 13 in Utah.
"It's nice to be able to plug guys in especially when the starters don't have
their normal juice," said Pelicans head coach Monty Williams. "I didn't think
collectively the starters had it tonight. Tyreke (Evans) gave us an edge and
Ryan (Anderson) comes in and he's just Ryan."
Enes Kanter paced Utah with 19 points and nine rebounds while Derrick Favors
scored 13 points with 11 boards.
Gordon Hayward, Utah's leading scorer, tallied just six points on 1-of-17
shooting from the field.
The Jazz, losers of four straight, opened the second half down 45-41 but a
16-6 run out of halftime gave them their first lead since late in the first
quarter. The Jazz hit four 3-pointers during the spurt, three coming from John
"You have to grow up," said Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin when speaking of
his team's struggles. "This is who we have and this is who we are going to
be. We can't manufacture anyone else to put on the floor."
New Orleans used an 8-0 burst to retake the lead 62-59 after a pair of Davis
free throws. The Pelicans maintained a 73-69 lead heading into the final
quarter and used another run to open the fourth to pull away.
Utah rookie point guard Trey Burke, who finished with 11 points in his pro
debut, opened the fourth stanza with a driving layup to trim the deficit to
New Orleans proceeded to go on a 14-2 run with Anderson hitting back-to-back
triples to cap the spurt, giving the Pelicans their largest lead at the time,
Kanter put in a layup to cut the Jazz deficit to six, 96-90, later in the
quarter, but New Orleans scored seven straight and Utah couldn't recover.
Evans and Jason Smith scored 13 and 11 points, respectively, in the
Utah is now 0-7 on the road this season ... The Jazz continue their three-game
road trip on Friday against Dallas ... New Orleans wraps up its three-game
homestand on Friday against Cleveland.
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