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Tyreke Evans off to nice start, hitting two jumpers/scoring on driving layup, but picks up foul #2 on charge. Probably will sit. Dal 17-15
Tyreke Evans just got his second foul.
Pelicans better find a way to defend PG Rajon Rondo better. Driving through the lane at will.
That's red hot
Tyreke Evans matching the Pelicans' uniform color - he's scored seven of his team's first 10 points.
Tyreke off to a hot start. 7 early points
Pelicans wearing red for second straight night.
Pelicans 20-10 at home, 12-17 on road.
Mavs shorthanded, but pulling off a 3rd straight road W and a 6 game win streak would be very impressive w/ the absences the Pels have had
Pelicans on stretch of playing five games in seven days.
Big challenge for the Pelicans tonight. They got to start fast and defend. Need balanced scoring attack. Attack the boards.
OKC Thunder not playing tonight.
Tyreke Evans has scored at least 20 points in two of the three games vs. Mavericks this season.
Twelve of the last 18 regular-season meetings between Dallas and New Orleans have been decided by five points or less
Pelicans snapped a nine-game losing streak losing to the Mavericks on Jan. 25 at the Smoothie King Center with a 109-106 victory.
The Mavericks are 20-2 all-time at home against the Pelicans in regular season.
Pelicans' Tyreke Evans has scored in double figures in six consecutive games. He scored 22 points on Sunday night vs. Nuggets.
With a win over the Mavericks tonight, the Pelicans can move into a tie with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the eighth seed in West.
Monty Williams said Al Farouq Aminu has made more progress with Mavs because he's had a chance to be around more experienced players.
Mavericks' Chandler Parsons also set to miss tonight's game vs. Pelicans because of ankle injury
Pelicans will catch a break tonight with Mavericks center Tyson Chandler out because of a left hip flexor injury.
Players for both teams getting in early warmup shots, including Dante Cunningham and Jimmer Fredette: http://t.co/3KuJJQR1AW
Monta Ellis cards for fans in Dallas. Pelicans vs. Mavericks at 7:30 p.m. Big game in Southwest Division: http://t.co/sRidUyRS4n
Cole on Ajinca (8 4Q pts): "They didn’t have anybody that could match up size-wise w/him. When you have a mismatch, you have to exploit it."
D.Cunningham on 5 wins without key guys: "It kind of takes the pressure off them. It allows them to heal completely + not have to rush back"
Eric Gordon on 5-game win streak: "Everybody's contributing on offense. In the 4th quarters, our defense is what's really helping us."
Pelicans beat Nuggets, 99-92, at Pepsi Center.
Looks like Pelicans are going to pull it out in Denver, leading 97-88 with 36 seconds remaining.
Jimmer Fredette subbed in for free throw prowess and immediately sinks a pair. Norris Cole adds one more and it's 95-88 at 0:47
Pelicans leading Nuggets, 92-85, with 1:09 remaining in game.
Pelicans' Omer Asik has 16 rebounds, 14 defensive
Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans have combined for 34 points. Each has 17 points vs. Nuggets.
Eric Gordon has made at least two three-pointers in eight straight games. Has knocked down two huge treys in 4Q. NOLA 87-83 at 3:18
Eric Gordon makes another clutch 3-pointer to put Pelicans up 85-80
Great play by Dante Cunningham, who sinks baseline J then gets all way back on D to steal Denver pass for Faried. NOLA 82-80 at 4:25
Pelicans have been outscored 19-7 on fastbreak points. They also have committed 15 turnovers.
Eric Gordon makes clutch 3-pointer to put Pelicans ahead 78-75 with 6:07 left in game.
Nuggets have their hands full trying to stop Alexis Ajinca in low post. Has five inches on defender J.J. Hickson. Ajinca 8 pts in 4Q
Pelicans outscored 14-6 on second-chance points.
Nuggets take 73-71 lead vs. Pels on Will Barton's shot with 8:30 remaining in game.
Luke Babbitt (4 pts, 0-2 treys) quiet game but had two 3-pointers wiped out by NOLA offensive fouls away from the ball. Den 73-71 early 4Q
Jimmer Fredette commits turnover that Burton converts for dunk. Denver cuts lead to 71-69.
Norris Cole said one reason he likes playing with Alexis Ajinca is AA is such a big target. Those two have already had some nice combo plays
Nuggets' Will Burton has 12 points off bench.
Pelicans and Nuggets tied at 65 at end of third quarter. Danilo Gallinari made a halfcourt shot before time expired.
Bad break to end 3Q as Denver's Danilo Gallinari sinks halfcourt shot. It's tied at 65. Nuggets 7/24 on treys but that was a big one
Alexis Ajinca gets his first points of the night with a minute remaining in the third quarter after making two free throws.
Alexis Ajinca's recent free throws were initially credited to Jimmer Fredette. Those two guys get confused for each other all the time
Tyreke Evans just gets his fourth foul, Jimmer Fredette enters.
Pelicans on 7-2 run to take 58-52 lead in 3Q.
Halfway through the third. Pels in the bonus, Faried out with 4 fouls. Asik killing it with 13 rebounds (career high is 17). -CR
Pelicans leading Nuggets, 51-50 with 5:59 left in 3Q
Kenneth Faried gets his fourth foul. He made 1-of-6 shots for two points.
Under the circumstances, you may have to do something you're not used to. Dante Cunningham has played all but 58 seconds tonight. NOLA 43-41
Pelicans held to 16 points in second quarter.
Pelicans struggled offensively in the second quarter after giving a strong first quarter performance.
Thunder beat Lakers 108-101.
Pelicans and Nuggets go into halftime tied at 37.
Nuggets have made three consecutive 3-pointers
Pelicans have scored just three points in almost four minutes.