Jim Eichenhofer

OKC's next four games are against the Western Conference's current seeds No. 7 (Mavs), 3 (Grizzlies), 2 (Rockets) and 6 (Spurs)

Jim Eichenhofer

Thunder and #Pelicans both off next two days. Wednesday: Dal/OKC; NOLA/LAL. Friday: OKC/Mem; NOLA/Sac. Saturday: NOLA/Por. Sunday: Hou/OKC

John Reid

Pelicans now trail Thunder by 2.5 games for final playoff spot in Western Conference

Jim Eichenhofer

OKC (42-32) beat Suns 109-97, now 2.5 games ahead of #Pelicans (39-34). One bright side: That loss was huge blow to Phoenix (38-36)

John Reid

Thunder beating Suns 98-87 with five minutes left

John Reid

Pelicans' Toney Douglas quickly making impact off bench as defender s.nola.com/MyueX3l via @nolanews

John Reid

Pelicans push closer to Oklahoma City Thunder after 110-88 victory vs. Timberwolves s.nola.com/0GiqYDF via @nolanews

Quincy Pondexter

Great team win @New Orleans Pelicans!!! Gotta get ready to take care of business on the road trip #playoffpush

Jimmy Smith

#Pelicans still sticking their foot into an open Western Conference playoff door; don't stumble vs. #TWolves. bit.ly/1BUAP0U

Jim Eichenhofer

Monty on D.Cunningham sprawling dive in 4Q: "Winning plays like that may not show up on the scoreboard or SportsCenter, but we value those"

Jim Eichenhofer

It's down to 2 games behind OKC. #TakeFlight Question: Which player(s) performance will be most key on #Pelicans 3-game Western road trip?

Jason Calmes

Pels Beat Timberwolves, Close Gap on Thunder bit.ly/1EmR8ee #Pelicans #fb

Jim Eichenhofer

#Pelicans win 2nd straight entering West road trip, pull away from Wolves for 110-88 victory: on.nba.com/1EmIVqv http://t.co/vpwJzoKgQf

John Reid

Pelicans beat Timberwolves 110-88 for second straight victory

Jim Eichenhofer

#Pelicans starters loving the effort by the 2nd unit as they stretch the lead to 100-82 at 3:20. May not need to see Anthony Davis again

John Reid

Pelicans shooting at 56 percent with 3:49 remaining in the fourth quarter vs. Timberwolves. N.O leading 100-82.

Jason Calmes

Wiggins is slight, but he is strong

Jason Calmes

Cunningham got away with a kicked ball there. Scrum leads to AD trip to the line

Jim Eichenhofer

Since working on his free throws postgame Wednesday (he was 6/14 vs. Hou), Anthony Davis (27 pts) has made 9 of 11 foul shots. NOLA 88-72

Jason Calmes

Ajinca turnaround off the glass, Pelicans up 16

Jim Eichenhofer

Anthony Bennett may have been mad at himself - not the refs - but you can't toss ball off backboard that hard and not get a T. NOLA 85-72

Jason Calmes

Anthony Bennett loses the ball and then gets a T

Jim Eichenhofer

#Pelicans set numerous team records in offense during Wolves' prior visit here this season. NOLA shooting 56.1% from field entering 4Q

John Reid

Pelicans leading Timberwolves, 77-70, at end of third quarter.

Jimmy Smith

At the half, #Pelicans 77, #TWolves 70; MIN hanging around.

Jim Eichenhofer

Omer Asik has four layups and three dunks (7/9 FGs). As a result, he's 1 point shy of tying his season high of 16 pts. Career high is 22

Jason Calmes

Omer with 15 points tonight.

Jason Calmes

Someone played the Poké Flute and Tyreke is waking up

John Reid

Omer Asik has made 6-of-8 shots for 12 points. Pelicans shooting 56.3 percent and lead the Timberwolves 64-53.

Jason Calmes

AD is deadly catching on the move. Layup puts Pels up 10

Jim Eichenhofer

New sound clip for Eric Gordon baskets today: "Ain't nothing but a G thang." Incidentally, Portland also plays it for forward Alonzo Gee

Jimmy Smith

Nice, efficient first half for #Pelicans @Omer Asik who had 12 PTs, 6 REB on 5/7 shooting.

John Reid

Pelicans hold off Timberwolves second-quarter surge and head into halftime leading 50-41. Pelicans made 52.5 percent of their shots.

Jason Calmes

Asik finishes off the half with a thunderous dunk. Pels go into half 50-41

John Reid

Tyreke Evans scores his first points of the first half with 38.2 seconds remaining before halftime.

Jim Eichenhofer

Omer Asik (4/6 FGs today) appears to be finishing much better at rim lately. He's shooting 56.3% on FGs in March, his best month of '14-15

John Reid

Amazing the Pelicans got consecutive 3-second defensive calls during a stretch in second quarter. Too much standing and not enough defending

Jason Calmes

Budinger accidentally stepped on Gordon, who was making a zipper cut to receive the ball. Gordon fell and was grimacing

Jim Eichenhofer

Quincy Pondexter (2/3 on treys today) is now shooting nearly 50% on three-pointers in March (33/68), a big boost to NOLA offense

John Reid

Pelicans have stopped defending - allowing too many points in the post. Their 14-point lead now down to 41-37 with 2:40 left in 2Q.

Jason Calmes

Another bucket for Minnesota. Wiggins dunk.

Jimmy Smith

#Pelicans home arena completely devoid of emotion at this point.

Jason Calmes

En masse substitution -- Pels only up 8 at the moment. Cole just missed a pair of freebies

Jimmy Smith

Former #LSU C Justin Hamilton, briefly a post-trade deadline member of the #Pelicans has 5 PTs for #Twolves.

John Reid

Tyreke Evans has played 11 minutes and remains scoreless. He has taken only two shots but has three assists.

Jim Eichenhofer

#Pelicans doing a little bit too much overpassing on recent possessions, leading to the rare two 3-second violations in a brief span

Jason Calmes

Wiggins is going to be a demon in the post for the majority of his NBA career

Jason Calmes

Douglas is pestering Brown right now and Brown isn't handling it particularly well

Jim Eichenhofer

#Pelicans have settled on roughly an 8-man rotation lately, but Toney Douglas earning more time with sticky on-ball defense. NOLA 36-22

John Reid

Pelicans' backups giving a strong performance in second quarter similar to what they did Friday vs. Kings

John Reid

Former LSU forward-center Justin Hamilton, who was waived by the Pelicans on March 3, just made a 3-pointer.

John Reid

Not many problems for Pelicans in first quarter with 25-11 lead against Timberwolves, who made only 5 of 17 shots in quarter.

Jason Calmes

25-11 after one quarter. Don't know if Minny will crack 80 tonight.

Jim Eichenhofer

Fewest points #Pelicans have given up in a quarter this season is 14. Threatening that now up 22-11 with 1:00 left in 1Q

Jason Calmes

TWolves don't have any real ball-handlers, so trying to use a lot of motion to create separation or find cutting lanes

John Reid

Eric Gordon has made his first two shots for 5 pts. Prior to Sun., Gordon had made 2-of-11 shots for a combined 10 points in last two games.

John Reid

Monty Williams says changes could be on the way to help Pelicans in NBA playoff push s.nola.com/uFzB4Tm via @nolanews

Jim Eichenhofer

Quick timeout by Monty after #Pelicans get beat on backdoor cut by Zach LaVine. NOLA still leads 12-6 after sloppy play by both sides

Jason Calmes

LaVine cut beats Gordon, flushes it home. You don't have to respect his shot.

John Reid

Corrected: Timberwolves had five turnovers on their first seven possessions.

Jimmy Smith

After making first 3 FGs, #Pelicans miss two in a row.

John Reid

Timberwolves have turnovers on five turnovers on their seven possessions.

John Reid

Pelicans have jumped out to 7-0 lead vs. Timberwolves.

Jason Calmes

All Pelicans early. 7-0 on a QPon transition 3. AD ran floor, took defenders w/ him, pass to an open QPon

Jason Calmes

AD starts us off with a pull up J over Payne.

John Reid

In their 139-91 victory against the Timberwolves on Nov. 14, the Pelicans shot 66.7 percent from the field, highest in the NBA this season.

Jason Calmes

Hey everyone. @MikePellissier here to cover the game. Must-win.

John Reid

Anthony Davis has had at least two blocks in each of his last two games.

Sean Kelley

Could @Ryan Anderson and @Jrue Holiday be back for the @New Orleans Pelicans west coast trip? Very possible.

Sean Kelley

The @New Orleans Pelicans go into today's game with a record of 20-14 with Tyreke Evans at starting point guard.

Sean Kelley

The @New Orleans Pelicans need Gordon to get back on track today. Last 2 games he is 2-11 FG and without a 3 pointer.

Sean Kelley

Quincy Pondexter has scored double figures in 5 of last 6 and is hitting 50% from 3pt. #Pelicans

Jimmy Smith

Today's officials: crew chief Monty McCutchen, Nick Buchert, Kevin Cutler.

Jimmy Smith

Today's #TWolves starters: Wiggins, Payne, Dieng, LaVine, Brown.

Jimmy Smith

Today's #Pelicans starters: Pondexter, Davis, Asik, Gordon, Evans.

Jim Eichenhofer

Monty joked if Notre Dame had beaten Kentucky, Anthony Davis "would not have wanted to see me today." AD talked major UK trash before game

Jim Eichenhofer

Starters for Wolves-Pelicans in New Orleans. Minnesota starting 3 rookies, including ROY favorite Andrew Wiggins: http://t.co/rAI7zY87gd

Jim Eichenhofer

#Pelicans can cut OKC lead for eighth in West to 2 games; several T-Wolves sidelined today: on.nba.com/1CzQ7x9 http://t.co/uWU3WmyUfD

Ryan Anderson

Getting some good work in before the game today. Almost ready to get back on the court!!! instagram.com/p/00ozN7NVnI/

John Reid

8. OKC, 41-32, 19 GB, lost 2. 9. New Orleans, 38-34, 21.5 GB, won 1. 10. Phoenix, 38-35, 22 GB, lost 2.

John Reid

Now 2.5 games behind, the Pelicans can gain more ground on eighth-seeded Oklahoma City, which plays the Suns tonight.