Pelicans hold off Clippers behind DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis

Monday, 13 November 2017, 11:06:30 AM. Before nearly every game inside the Smoothie King Center, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry will mention a reliable phrase.
Before nearly every game inside the Smoothie King Center, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry will mention a reliable phrase. “We have to protect home court,” Gentry has said nearly 100 times in his two-plus years in New Orleans. After dropping three of their first four home games to open the season, the Pelicans accomplished the mission Saturday night, closing out a 111-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in front of a sold-out crowd of 17,624 fans. It was the Pelicans' fourth win in their past five games, returning home in stride after an eight-day, four-game road trip. “To be able to have that atmosphere and for people to know when they come to the Smoothie King Center, it’s going to be hard to beat us, that matters,” Jrue Holiday said. “You have a lot of teams that are like that, which makes going on the road so hard. But we want to establish ourselves here that this is our home.” Despite prolonged stretches of sloppy play marked by a season-worst 23 turnovers, many of which were unforced, the Pelicans (7-6) remained in control most of the night thanks to its superstar tandem of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. The pair continued their statistical dominance, pacing the Pelicans in most categories. Cousins finished with a game-best 35 points and 15 rebounds, while Davis efficiently chipped in 25 points and 10 rebounds of his own. “Every night we are coming out here and playing for one another,” Cousins said. “It’s not about who is scoring the ball and who is...Read more
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