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Anthony Davis on what Nuggets did to win: "They were scoring in transition, hitting 3s, offensive rebounding, getting 50-50 balls."
Monty on Nuggets' edge in securing loose balls: "I thought they got almost every ball. They were just quicker tonight."
Monty on Omer Asik (lower back) being a late drop from lineup: "I did not think he'd be a scratch, but he was. We had to regroup quickly."
Pelicans struggled with their execution tonight in 117-97 loss to Denver. It was their sixth consecutive loss at the Pepsi Center.
Small consolation but one bright spot: Jeff Withey has season-best 9 points. He was 2-for-3 with 4 total points this season entering tonight
There must be a reason for having the starters still playing down by 24 w/ 4 minutes left when the Pels have a game tomorrow night, right?
Pelicans have been in pretty much every game, losing by 5, 7, 9 and 12 points, but Nuggets are blowing this open. Den 109-86 at 5:25
Pelicans trailing 86-73 at the end of three quarters. Pelicans made only 5-of-16 shots in third quarter.
Nuggets shooting 52% from field, 44% on treys (7-for-16). Pelicans need to bring those way down in 4th qtr to come back. Den 86-73 end 3rd Q
Tough night for Ryan Anderson - bad matchup trying to defend Kenneth Faried. Got beat for a rebound after falling to the floor.
Nuggets have a promo where fans win a prize if visiting team misses 8 or more free throws in a game. So far Pelicans are 17-for-18
Nuggets have made 7 of 14 3-pointers.
Anthony Davis picked up 3rd foul (charging) and picked up tech earlier for arguing. Has to be careful now. Davis team-high 16 pts. Den 68-59
Tough night for Pelicans - Anthony Davis just put up an airball
Six different Nuggets made a 3-pointer in their last game vs. OKC, but Kenneth Faried just sank the first trey of his NBA career vs. NOLA
Anthony Davis gets technical foul.
Pelicans made 29.2 percent of their shots in second quarter.
Pelicans are No. 1 in NBA in blocks (6.9 per game), but in a reversal tonight, Nuggets lead swats category 7-1. Denying NOLA at rim
Pelicans go into halftime trailing 59-49.
Pelicans just look out of sync. Came here last April, they looked the same way - disjointed. Nuggets won that game by 30.
Nuggets moving the ball and getting their desired shots.
At this point, Pelicans just need to get ball to Anthony Davis.
Drew Brees-esque pass from Gordon to Davis on that last fast break bucket. Long pass and right on the money.
Jeff Withey just had layup blocked - too passive.
Ryan Anderson and Austin Rivers have combined to make 2 of 11 shots.
Jeff Withey in the game.
Pelicans have been a step slow throughout the first half. Kenneth Faried easily drove around Ryan Anderson for a dunk. Nuggets up 50-34.
Might be time to get Anthony Davis back into the game before lead gets too big. Pelicans trailing 44-34 with 5:59 remaining in 2Q.
Did I see that right? JaVale McGee gave an older female fan a kiss in the first row after chasing a loose ball. While the ball was in play
It took the Pelicans almost five minutes into the second quarter to make their first shot from the field - John Salmons' 3-pointer.
Almost four minutes into second quarter, Pelicans have not made a shot from the field - 0 of 5.
Ryan Anderson starts 1-for-5 from field and has taken several tough shots, but he has neon green light to fire with group of subs + Ajinca
Pelicans sleepwalking -- too many turnovers (7) and not enough stops. Nuggets shooting at 59 percent.
Time for John Salmons to do something.
Nuggets led 31-26 at end of first quarter.
Bad first quarter effort from Pelicans. They got outscored 29-12 by the Denver Nuggets after opening with 14-2 lead.
Pelicans are going have to defend the post better and stay in front of Ty Lawson.
Another mistake - 24-second shot clock violation against Pelicans
Anthony Davis has made his first four shots and scored 10 of the Pelicans' first 18.
Denver fights back to the tie the score at 18. The Nuggets went on a 9-2 run.
Anthony Davis 3-for-3 on jumpers early and has 8 points, but Nuggets quickly get back into it with better play. Tied at 18 at 4:00
Stupid foul from Eric Gordon sending Afflalo to the FT line for 3. Not much of a foul, but there was contact.
Great steal by AD leading to a turnover by Tyreke Evans on the fast break. Not the first time we have seen that sequence.
Tyreke Evans having no problems penetrating into the lane.
Pelicans out to 14-2 lead, crowd silent but heard a few boos
Couldn't ask for a better start, Pelicans look sharp after not playing since Tuesday, a step ahead of Nuggets on O. NOLA 12-2 just 3:47 in
Didn' take long for Pelicans to find their rhythm - have jumped out 12-2 lead against Nuggets.
Pelicans opened game missing their first two shots
Just got note from Pelicans Omer Asik re-aggravated lower back in warm ups will not play
Asik re-aggravation of back injury took place during pregame warmups. Tip-off is coming up in about 30 minutes
Update: Omer Asik re-aggravated his lower back. He has been downgraded to out for tonight's game.
Omer Asik is expected to start tonight against Nuggets
Told Stan Van Gundy thinks Denver altitude edge is a myth, Monty said: "I’ve never seen Stan running up and down the floor chasing anybody."
How bout them Raiders
Pelicans have won five of their last seven games. Losses in that span were at Cleveland and at Portland