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OKC's next four games are against the Western Conference's current seeds No. 7 (Mavs), 3 (Grizzlies), 2 (Rockets) and 6 (Spurs)
Pelicans now trail Thunder by 2.5 games for final playoff spot in Western Conference
Thunder beating Suns 98-87 with five minutes left
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"
Pelicans beat Timberwolves 110-88 for second straight victory
Pelicans shooting at 56 percent with 3:49 remaining in the fourth quarter vs. Timberwolves. N.O leading 100-82.
Wiggins is slight, but he is strong
Cunningham got away with a kicked ball there. Scrum leads to AD trip to the line
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
Ajinca turnaround off the glass, Pelicans up 16
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
Anthony Bennett loses the ball and then gets a T
Pelicans leading Timberwolves, 77-70, at end of third quarter.
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
Omer with 15 points tonight.
Someone played the Poké Flute and Tyreke is waking up
Omer Asik has made 6-of-8 shots for 12 points. Pelicans shooting 56.3 percent and lead the Timberwolves 64-53.
AD is deadly catching on the move. Layup puts Pels up 10
New sound clip for Eric Gordon baskets today: "Ain't nothing but a G thang." Incidentally, Portland also plays it for forward Alonzo Gee
Pelicans hold off Timberwolves second-quarter surge and head into halftime leading 50-41. Pelicans made 52.5 percent of their shots.
Asik finishes off the half with a thunderous dunk. Pels go into half 50-41
Tyreke Evans scores his first points of the first half with 38.2 seconds remaining before halftime.
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
Amazing the Pelicans got consecutive 3-second defensive calls during a stretch in second quarter. Too much standing and not enough defending
Budinger accidentally stepped on Gordon, who was making a zipper cut to receive the ball. Gordon fell and was grimacing
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
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.
Another bucket for Minnesota. Wiggins dunk.
En masse substitution -- Pels only up 8 at the moment. Cole just missed a pair of freebies
Tyreke Evans has played 11 minutes and remains scoreless. He has taken only two shots but has three assists.
Wiggins is going to be a demon in the post for the majority of his NBA career
Douglas is pestering Brown right now and Brown isn't handling it particularly well
Pelicans' backups giving a strong performance in second quarter similar to what they did Friday vs. Kings
Former LSU forward-center Justin Hamilton, who was waived by the Pelicans on March 3, just made a 3-pointer.
Not many problems for Pelicans in first quarter with 25-11 lead against Timberwolves, who made only 5 of 17 shots in quarter.
25-11 after one quarter. Don't know if Minny will crack 80 tonight.
TWolves don't have any real ball-handlers, so trying to use a lot of motion to create separation or find cutting lanes
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.
LaVine cut beats Gordon, flushes it home. You don't have to respect his shot.
Corrected: Timberwolves had five turnovers on their first seven possessions.
Timberwolves have turnovers on five turnovers on their seven possessions.
Pelicans have jumped out to 7-0 lead vs. Timberwolves.
All Pelicans early. 7-0 on a QPon transition 3. AD ran floor, took defenders w/ him, pass to an open QPon
AD starts us off with a pull up J over Payne.
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.
Anthony Davis has had at least two blocks in each of his last two games.
Today's officials: crew chief Monty McCutchen, Nick Buchert, Kevin Cutler.
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
Starters for Wolves-Pelicans in New Orleans. Minnesota starting 3 rookies, including ROY favorite Andrew Wiggins: http://t.co/rAI7zY87gd
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.
Now 2.5 games behind, the Pelicans can gain more ground on eighth-seeded Oklahoma City, which plays the Suns tonight.