The Pelicans announced on Sunday that they will be shutting down Anthony Davis because of battles with knee and shoulder injuries. It only makes sense for New Orleans to do this, as their season is all but over. At 26-43, the Pelicans are 8.5 games out of the playoffs, and it simply doesn’t make sense to put Davis’ career in jeopardy with their playoff hopes all but squashed.
However, the show must go on. Sunday night, just hours after Coach Gentry spoke on his shutdown of Davis, the Pelicans faced off against the Clippers. To the surprise of many, the Pelicans were able to down the Clippers, 109-105, behind strong performances by Jrue Holiday and Dante Cunningham.
Holiday led New Orleans with 22 points, and added eight assists and two rebounds; Cunningham had 19 on a very efficient 6/10 from the field and added six rebounds.
Toney Douglas and Omer Asik were big for the Pelicans as well. Douglas dished out nine assists — a season-high. Asik was big on the boards and hauled in 14 for New Orleans, tying his season-high.
J.J. Redick has been red-hot as of late and did his best to keep the Clippers in this one. He and Chris Paul led with 24 points, but Redick shot an outstanding 9/11 from the field and is averaging 18 points on 51% shooting over his last ten games.
Paul had trouble finding his stroke on offense and finished up 5/14 from the field. However, CP3 kept his teammates involved and dished out 13 assists and collected four steals.
The Clippers have a matchup in Oakland against the Warriors on Wednesday while the Pelicans remain at home to face the Heat on Tuesday.
Around The League
Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams turned back the hands of time and led Dallas to a victory over Portland, 132-120. Dirk had a 40-point, eight rebound performance, his first since 2012. Williams had 31 points and 16 assists. It was Williams’ 24th career 16-assist game which is third among active players, and his first since 2012.
The Raptors beat the Magic 105-100 and are just one game back of the Cavaliers for the top seed in the East. DeMar DeRozan had 25 to lead everyone, and Luis Scola added 20. Kyle Lowry shot just 5/15 from the field, but scored 18 and added seven assists and three steals.
Sacramento got a 24-point, 20-rebound performance from DeMarcus Cousins as they edged out the Knicks, 88-80. Robin Lopez wasn’t far behind Cousins, as he led the Knicks with 23 points and 20 rebounds of his own.
POR 120 – DAL 132 (1OT)
ORL 100 – TOR 105
BOS 120 – PHI 105
LAC 105 – NOLA 109
UTAH 94 – MIL 85
SAC 88 – NYK 80