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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.
It's been fun to see Alexis Ajinca's confidence skyrocket this season. Playing with no hesitation on offense. Was out of NBA 18 months ago
Pelicans backups Alexis Ajinca has made his first three shots; L. Babbitt made his first two.
Luke Babbitt's 9-foot running shot gives Pelicans 37-35 lead with 7:19 left in 2Q.
Luke Babbitt come off bench and immediately making impact with his scoring ability.
With 8:31 left in 2Q, Heat has outscored Pelicans 20-14 in the paint. Pels' help defense coming late.
Alexis Ajinca (6 pts, 3-3 FGs) breaking out the sweet post moves vs. Heat. Ajinca has averaged 11.3 pts. 5.3 reb in last 3 games.
Alexis Ajinca has scored on three straight possessions for Pelicans.
Pelicans allowed the Heat to make 52 percent of their shots from the field in 1Q
Five of Goran Dragic's six made shots in the first quarter were layups.
Pelicans trailing Heat 25-24 at end of first quarter.
Pelicans struggling to contain Goran Dragic on drives to the basket. He's 6-of-8 from the field for 12 points.
Luke Babbitt and Norris Cole are the first backups off the bench for the Pelicans.
Heat's Dwyane Wade has taken only one shot in the opening quarter. However, he has four assists.
Omer Asik already with five rebounds. Pelicans have totaled six with 4:15 left in 1Q.
Pelicans leading Heat 16-13 with 5:53 left in 1Q. Eric Gordon has eight points in six minutes.
Eric Gordon 24 pts and 6-for-11 from three-point range vs. Heat on Saturday. Fast start for EG tonight (8 pts, 2-3 treys). NOLA 16-13
Eric Gordon hits back-to-back 3-pointers to get Pelicans going vs. Heat.
Oddly, Dwyane Wade was pulling on his jersey and it ripped apart under right arm. He's been looking to Heat bench maybe to replace it
Erik Spoelstra on tonight: "We understand, there's two teams playing for their playoff lives and this game will be highly competitive."
Anthony Davis presented with his NBA Cares Community Assist award for January at midcourt.
Tonight's officials: crew chief James Capers, Violet Palmer, Scott Wall.
Pelicans enter tonight's game against the Heat trailing the eighth-seeded Thunder by 1.5 games. OKC plays at Portland tonight.
Pelicans are 19-10 at home but 11-17 on the road. New Orleans back on road Sunday vs. Denver.
Starters for Heat-Pelicans on ESPN tonight. This is Goran Dragic's 4th game with Miami: http://t.co/bi5xvIPLUB
I just tweeted out a link to an SB Nation article. I may not agree with all of it, but if you want to understand Nola hoops....
Pelicans Twitter mailbag: How would you rate Coach Monty Williams' now with 25 games left and they are 30-27?
Taking your Pelicans' twitter mailbag questions. What do you think about 3-game winning streak, bench contributions, Monty Williams, etc.
Luke Babbitt on 3-gm W streak:"It's big.Having guys out, if we can just hold down the fort until they get back, it puts us in good position"
Quincy Pondexter played the entire 2nd half. At one stage of 4Q, Monty asked if Quincy needed a breather, but Quincy said "no" and stayed in
Quincy Pondexter on 3 recent wins: "You guys (the media) counted us out. No one in this locker room counted us out. We have a lot of heart."
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