Pelicans Suns Postgame: E'Twaun Moore 2 13 17

Pelicans (20-32), Suns (16-36)

Anthony Davis pulled down his eighth rebound amid a pack of Phoenix players Monday, was grabbed and fouled, then pumped a fist and yelled toward the New Orleans crowd, who rose in a standing ovation. A hard-fought, closely-contested game finally appeared headed toward the win column for the Pelicans.

After playing two overtime games earlier in 2016-17, the Pelicans and Suns were locked in another tight battle, one that wasn't decided until the final minute. New Orleans trailed 103-102 with just over a minute remaining, but the Pelicans scored the next seven points to go up 109-103. One highlight of that 7-0 spurt occurred when Davis grabbed a critical defensive board with 29 seconds to go, got the home crowd fired up, then sank two foul shots for a 107-103 edge.

New Orleans held on for a win in the first game of a brief two-game homestand that continues Wednesday vs. Utah, prior to a four-game road trip, all against Western Conference hosts.


Davis (34 points, nine rebounds, five blocks, two steals) sank two free throws with 3.5 seconds remaining in regulation, giving New Orleans a two-possession advantage. Phoenix could only heave up a three-point attempt at the buzzer that misfired. The Pelicans took a 2-1 edge on the Suns in the head-to-head series, with a final matchup coming Feb. 13.


Jrue Holiday has been in a good groove offensively and shooting-wise for the past couple weeks, with Saturday's loss at Washington being a rare exception. Holiday bounced back Monday by delivering an outstanding all-around performance, totaling 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. It was the second time in the last two games that he threatened a triple-double. His career high in boards is 11.


E'Twaun Moore provided 12 points off the bench - more than half of the New Orleans reserves' scoring production - and made an impact on the defensive end as well, posting a career-best four steals. Moore added one block and shot 5/10 from the field.

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