Exhausted legs, second-half slump doom Pelicans in loss to Hawks

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Exhausted legs, second-half slump doom Pelicans in loss to Hawks

With AP Photos.Kent Bazemore hit a jumper with 2.1 seconds remaining and the Hawks rallied from 19 points down to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 94-93 before a sparse crowd on an icy night in Atlanta.

The New Orleans Pelicans and Atlanta Hawks meet Wednesday in National Basketball Association action at the Philips Arena.

Nikola Jokic scored 29 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead Denver to a gritty victory over visiting Dallas. Instead of answering directly, Davis pivoted into a discussion of Boston's roster and called Tuesday night's matchup "a big one". During an appearance on "The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz", ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski explained why Davis will remain in a Pelicans jersey. New Orleans was lifted by Anthony Davis, who was the game's high scorer with 45 points on 16-for-34 shooting. "They came in our home and beat us (on December 30) in a game we felt like we should've won". Dennis Smith Jr. had 25 points for the Mavericks.

In those games, the Nets are averaging 100.8 points, shooting 39.0 percent (31.4 percent on 3-pointers) while posting a 95.0 offensive rating.

"We might have to change lineups going into the second half or something, because we come out there lackadaisically, like, 'Oh, we're just playing a game.' You can't play like that."
He added seven rebounds but had only two assists. The game finished with a total of 211 points, which was 6 points below the projected point total of 217 points. The Celtics squandered their lead in the final minutes by sending Davis to the free-throw line - where he went 2-of-3 and left a two-point window for Irving to drive in a game-tying layup that forced overtime.

There's something about the Atlanta Hawks that brings out the best in Darius Miller. New Orleans then almost won it, as E'Twaun Moore stole an inbounds pass and launched a 3-pointer that rimmed out at the buzzer.

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The Pelicans rank second in points in the paint per game (50.4) while the Hawks rank 26th (41.0).

The New Orleans Pelicans look for another victory after inning five of their last seven games. The game got so bad that the Knicks were already blowing out the Pelicans midway through the third quarter (96-77). His 17-point game at Philips Arena meant that his top-two scoring games this season have both come against the Southeast Division team; he had a career-best 21 points in the November 13 matchup. And with it, New Orleans made a resounding statement to the rest of the league. The upper deck wasn't even used, allowing everyone in the estimated turnout of around 5,000 to watch the contest from the lower level.

The Pelicans entered Wednesday averaging 15.1 rebounds per game, ranking 25th in the league. The Hawks rank 19th in fast break points allowed per game (12.0).

If New Orleans wants to keep this core together then it will need some big wins.

NBA investigating: The NBA has spoken to Clippers forward Blake Griffin as well as other players from Houston and Los Angeles as part of its investigation into late-game and postgame incidents involving the teams during Monday night's game at Staples Center. The Brow was instrumental in the comeback win, scoring 48 points, nabbing 17 rebounds, recording four steals and blocking three shots.

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