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Pelicans facing a reeling Nuggets team tonight that has lost nine straight at home. Overall, they have lost 19 of 21 games.
Sometimes you have to improvise. Norris Cole and Quincy warm up as Denver youth wrap up getting pics taken on court: http://t.co/pYQYTa4v2l
Next five games for Thunder (32-27): at LAL/PHI/at Chi/TOR/LAC. Next five for Pelicans (31-27): at Den/at Dal/DET/BOS/MEM
Thunder say Russell Westbrook had surgery for stress fracture in right cheek. He's out Sunday at Lakers. Will be evaluated later in week
Tyreke Evans: "We're not worried about a computer. We're worried about us playing basketball. I know the computer is smart, but..."
Alexis Ajinca on scoring career-high 24 points vs. Miami: "It feels great. It feels even better when you win. This was a big win."
Monty Williams on Alexis Ajinca and strides several Pels have made: "I’m just thankful that we have guys who work on their game every day.”
Pelicans pull out 104-102 victory against Heat after Dwyane Wade missed shot as time expired.
Alexis Ajinca makes layup - Pelicans up 104-102 with 25.9 seconds. Nice pass from E. Gordon.
Alexis Ajinca has his career high in scoring (24 pts) and what a time to get it, scoring the go-ahead layup with 25 seconds left. 104-102
Pels possession with 36.0 seconds left after shot-clock violation by Heat. Pelicans-Heat tied at 102.
Tough break for Tyreke Evans, who fouls out on charge at 1:23. He gets called for many of those partly because always goes all way to rim
Tyreke Evans fouls out with 1:23 left on offensive charge call on drive to the basket.
Henry Walker looks to be the real deal for the Heat. Big shots down the stretch.
Pelicans trailing Heat 93-90 with 4:30 left in game.
Pelicans on 13-6 run to cut the Heat's lead to 88-86 with 5:57 left in game.
Pelicans start fourth quarter on 6-0 run to cut the Heat's lead to 82-79.
Heat shooting 59.2% from inside the arc after three quarters. 46 points in the paint.
Pelicans trailing 82-73 at end of third quarter. Pelicans are 5-21 when trailing after the third quarter.
Heat now leading Pelicans by 10. It is shooting at 56.7 percent.
Jimmer Fredette enters.
In 5 1/2 minutes, the Pelicans have scored four points.
Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans both have three fouls trying to stay in front of the Heat guards.
Another solid performance from Quincy Pondexter with 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting.
Pelicans offense stagnant right now
Pelicans trailing Heat 66-65 with 5:34 left in 3Q
Tight one in NOLA. Biggest lead Heat 7, Pelicans 5. There have been 18 lead changes. NOLA may need bench to swing momentum. Mia 66-65
Pelicans have not scored on five of their last six possessions.
Tyreke Evans has three fouls but Monty Williams keeping him in game.
Things getting a little chippy out there, starting with the Whiteside-Asik tiff. Whiteside had some words for Asik after last hoop
Hassan Whiteside not showing much respect for Omer Asik, getting inside position and scoring.
Pelicans did a better defending Goran Dragic in the second quarter than the first when he scored 12 points. He scored two points in 2Q.
Pelicans guard Norris Cole missed all five shots attempted in the first half against his former team and was held scoreless.
Heat 9-0 when Deng scores more than 20 points. (15 at the half.)
Halftime: Pelicans 54, Heat 54.
Pelicans trailed by as much as seven in 2Q, but have battled back to tie score at 54 with 3.5 seconds left.
Tyreke Evans' scoring numbers have been relatively modest with key guys out, but he's had a parade of five layups tonight and nailed a trey.
Pelicans have went scoreless on four consecutive possessions.
Heat has followed Goran Dragic's lead by driving to the basket to score. Heat leading Pelicans 46-39 with 4:13 left in 2Q.