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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.
Nuggets retake lead 35-34
Pelicans missing too many shots late in second quarter.
Pelicans' lead down to 31-29.
Pelicans applying traps - good deal.
Pelicans are 1-of-9 from 3-point range, but they are leading the Nuggets 31-26 with 5:17 left in 2Q.
Dante Cunningham has scored on three of the Pelicans' last four possessions.
Alexis Ajinca, who scored a career-high 24 points against Heat, has missed his first two shots to start the game vs. Nuggets.
Jimmer Fredette on runner.
Monty has been relying heavily on eight players lately, but Jimmer Fredette on floor to open 2Q for NOLA. Scores layup for 25-20 lead
Jimmer Fredette enters at start of 2Q.
Pelicans close out first quarter with 21-16 lead against Denver. They had 16 points scored in the paint.
Pelicans shooting at 55.6 percent from the field. New Orleans leading Denver, 21-12.
Denver has lost nine straight because they don't play defense.
Norris Cole went 0-of-10 against the Miami Heat.He's made his first two shots against Denver.
Omer Asik playing like a man possessed under the rim, already with 7 rebounds in 9 minutes. Also pair of layups for 4 pts
Norris Cole enters