Last season, the New Orleans Pelicans left many people stunned in giving up DeMarcus Cousins, who would wind up becoming a Warrior. It seemed the same old story had reared its ugly head. An MVP favorite without the supporting pieces around him.
But the beat-down they created last night against the Houston Rockets, showed the NBA they’re not mucking around. The Pelicans defeated the Rockets 131-122. Anthony Davis (pictured) had a commanding night, shooting 13-of-23 from the field for 32 points, 16 rebounds, and 8 assists. But it wasn’t just AD’s night, the entire team contributed.
The Rockets pulled out the popcorn and watched Julius Randle drop 25 points in 23 minutes off the bench, Elfrid Payton snagged a triple-double in his Pelican debut, Nikola Mirotic dropped 30 while shooting 6-from-8 from three, and defense-first E’Twaun Moore scored 21. I know, its game 1 from 82, but holy cow that’s some shootin’!
Wednesday’s win felt like the Pelican team was built around AD, instead of one built for him. Houston’s offense was fine, and the game could’ve been a complete fluke. Everyone from the Pelicans’ caught fire and the Rockets just couldn’t catch up. But no one could find their spark for Houston, and that’s a little worrying.
Catch you Monday.