The Final Score Archives

With another tough back-to-back looming, the Pelicans are out to stay strong on defense

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) drives against New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Just after going on a scoring surge in which they averaged more than 111 points per game, the New Orleans Pelicans posted a big victory in Houston on Thursday night by relying on strong defense. Coach Monty Williams said before the game that, although the Pelicans were starting to play well, getting to the next level… Continue reading →

The Pelicans waive guard Gal Mekel

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Recently acquired true point guard, Gal Mekel, does some dribbling exercises before a game against the New York Knicks on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. Mekel signed with the New Orleans Pelicans December 5, 2014.

The New Orleans Pelicans waived point guard Gal Mekel on Friday.
Mekel was signed by the team on December 5 as an unrestricted free agent. He appeared in four games with New Orleans, averaging 1.5 points and 3.3 assists. Mekel appeared in 31 games during the 2013-14 season for the Dallas Mavericks and appeared… Continue reading →

Despite a missing Evans, Pelicans down Rockets 99-90 behind Davis’ 30 points

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (23) tries to grab a rebound ahead of Houston Rockets' Donatas Motiejunas during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON — With starting guard Tyreke Evans out with a knee injury, the New Orleans Pelicans needed someone to step up Thursday night against the Rockets. Anthony Davis did just that on the offensive end, while Jrue Holiday and Austin Rivers slowed down NBA leading scorer James Harden in a 99-90 win at Toyota… Continue reading →

Pelicans' Tyreke Evans out for matchup against Rockets

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis, left, is fouled by Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON — New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans will miss Thursday’s game against the Rockets with a knee injury. Pelicans coach Monty Williams ruled him out 90 minutes before tip-off against the Rockets. Austin Rivers will get the start in his place. Williams said John Salmons will also see… Continue reading →

New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis getting closer to 100 percent

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis shoots against Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker on Tuesday in the Smoothie King Center.

HOUSTON — Pelicans forward Anthony Davis looked close to full strength during a morning shootaround Thursday at the Toyota Center. Davis, who leads the Pelicans with 24.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, said he is feeling much better after injuring his chest Dec. 12 against the Cavaliers. “It feels fine. I’m not 100 percent… Continue reading →

Hot-shooting Pelicans head to Houston to face Rockets

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER--New Orleans Pelicans  coach Monty Williams talks to  referee Tony Brown as Utah's Trevor Booker watches Tuesday night in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Pelicans are feeling good about themselves after a 2-1 home stand in which the only loss was in overtime to the Golden State Warriors, who have the top record in the NBA. And, they Pelicans (12-12) head out to play the Houston Rockets (18-5) on Thursday at Toyota Center after having increased their scoring… Continue reading →

Late surge lifts Pelicans over Jazz 119-111

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis shoots against Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker on Tuesday in the Smoothie King Center.

Anthony Davis’ return from a chest injury proved to be a triumphant one. Davis scored 31 points, including a key three-point play late in the game, and the New Orleans Pelicans roared back in the fourth quarter to take a 119-111 victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night at Smoothie King Center.… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis to play with extra padding

Advocate photo by KATHLEEN DESHOTEL - Pelican basketball player, Anthony Davis provides Bridges with an action shot.

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis said he will wear protective padding to protect his bruised chest during Tuesday night’s game against the Utah Jazz at Smoothie King Center. Davis said he hadn’t played with extra padding before. “I know I’ll be comfortable with it, so I’m going to wear it tonight,” he said… Continue reading →

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis to wear protective padding for his chest injury in Utah Jazz game

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant  guards Pelicans forward Anthony Davis on Tuesday in the Smoothie King Center. Davis scored XX points in the Pelicans' XXX-XXX win. Durant scored XX in his season debut after surgery in October.

. New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis said he will wear protective padding to protect his bruised chest during Tuesday night's game against the Utah Jazz at Smoothie King Center. Davis was asked if he was pain-free four days after the injury occurred during the first quarter of Friday's home game against Cleveland. “I'm… Continue reading →

The Advocate's NBA Top 15 Rankings: Golden State is heads and shoulders above the rest of the league

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson, left, and guard Jrue Holiday, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

The Golden State Warriors have the NBA's best record and longest winning streak, but their lack of a strong defense could hurt them as the season progresses.… Continue reading →

Utah's Alec Burks said it was him and not teammate Trey Burke who injured Pelicans guard Eric Gordon

Pelicans guard Eric Gordon reacts after being injured during the first half of their game against the Jazz in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

Will the person who injured Pelicans guard Eric Gordon please stand up? Utah Jazz guards Trey Burke and Alec Burks disagreed with how Gordon was injured during the teams' game in Salt Lake City on Nov. 22. Gordon came out of the game at 4:35 of the second quarter with a left shoulder injury that later… Continue reading →

Pelicans's Dante Cunningham being investigated by the NBA for an illegal elbow against Golden State's Harrison Barnes

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2014, file photo, former Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham works out at Penn State in State College, Pa. The New Orleans Pelicans have signed Cunningham, who has struggled to clear his name after domestic assault charges against him were dropped this summer.  (AP Photo/John Beale, File)

. New Orleans Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham said the NBA is investigating the manner in which he elbowed Golden State forward Harrison Barnes during Sunday's game at Smoothie King Center. Barnes had dental work done Monday after teeth were knocked out. “They're doing and investigation,” Cunningham said. “They called, and I had to explain what… Continue reading →

After a pair of heavyweight tussles, the Pelicans catch their breath before the Jazz comes to town Tuesday

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams reacts to a play against the Golden State Warriors in a NBA game in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

After the New Orleans Pelicans had heavyweight bouts against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors in a three-day stretch, coach Monty Williams decided to let his players rest rather than practice Monday. The team went through film study to correct mistakes and to refresh its memory on their next opponent, the Utah Jazz (6-18).… Continue reading →

Warriors drop Anthony Davis-less Pelicans 128-122 in overtime for their 16th straight win

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) can't believe a foul was not called in overtime against the Golden State Warriors in a NBA game in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

The New Orleans Pelicans appeared poised to end the Golden State Warriors’ 15-game winning streak. Then, the Pelicans blinked. And that was all Warriors All-Star guard Stephen Curry needed. Curry sank a mid-range jumper and had a big assist and a 3-pointer in the first 1 minute, 21 seconds of overtime, leading… Continue reading →

Tyreke Evans shines with Anthony Davis sidelined

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Tyreke Evans (1) reacts to a shot made against Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) the score gave the team a lead but the Golden State Warriors prevailed in overtime in a NBA game in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

It never hurts to have a Plan B when things don’t go as they should. The New Orleans Pelicans are a team built around All-Star forward Anthony Davis and his ability to dominate games on a nightly basis. But with New Orleans’ young superstar missing Sunday’s game against the red-hot Golden State Warriors with… Continue reading →

Video: Pelicans coach Monty Williams praises his players for going all out in their 128-122 overtime loss to Golden State

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monte Williams (left) has a word with NBA official Bill Spooner (22) after receiving a technical foul in the first half on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

. The Golden State Warriors (21-2) extended their winning streak to 16 games on Sunday with a 128-122 overtime victory against the New Orleans Pelicans in the Smoothie King Center. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans says the team needed to be able to finish against Golden State

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Tyreke Evans (1) reacts to a shot made against Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) the score gave the team a lead but the Golden State Warriors prevailed in overtime in a NBA game in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

. The Pelicans blew a six-point lead with less than five minutes remaining in regulation in their 128-122 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans led the team with 34 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday says adjustments were the key for the team in its near win against Golden State

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) steals a ball from Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) in a NBA game in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

. Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday scored 30 points and nine assists and five steals in the team's 128-122 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Smoothie King Center on Sunday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Despite their great start, Golden State coach Steve Kerr says the Warriors are no threat to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and their 72 wins

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr acknowledges his team's 102-86 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec, 8, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

The Golden State Warriors (20-2) entered Sunday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans with the same record as teh 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who won an NBA regular-season record 72 games. But Golden State coach Steve Kerr, a member of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, says his team does not compare to that team, which had arguably the greatest season… Continue reading →

Pelicans coach Monty Williams says forward Anthony Davis is day to day with chest injury, will not play against Golden State on Sunday

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) shoots over New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.  The Pelicans won 104-93. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams said forward Anthony Davis is day to day while he recuperates from a chest injury and will not play in Sunday's game against the Golden State Warriors in the Smoothie King Center. . Williams said Davis is still sore from the chest injury, which occured after he played 6 minutes and… Continue reading →

Three years later, the Chris Paul trade still resonates for Pelicans, Clippers and Lakers

New Orleans Hornets power forward Anthony Davis slam dunks over Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Exactly three years ago, Chris Paul, a beloved player, was traded from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers, a franchise that had made the NBA playoffs once in 14 years. Three years later, the trade itself, plus the deal that was halted at the top level of the league, has greatly impacted three franchises,… Continue reading →

New Orleans Pelicans set to host NBA’s top team, the Golden State Warriors

Associated Press photo by BEN MARGOT -- Golden State's Andrew Bogut hangs on the rim after dunking against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday in Oakland, Calif. At right is New Orleans' Tyreke Evans.

The New Orleans Pelicans are bracing for the Golden State Warriors (19-2), who have the league’s best record and have won a franchise-record 15 consecutive games, when the teams face off at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Smoothie King Center. And the Pelicans know full well how good the Warriors are, having been victim No. 11 in the streak… Continue reading →

Pelicans coach Monty Williams says Anthony Davis (chest contusion) is questionable for Sunday's game against Golden State

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, drives against New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams said all medical tests on power forward Anthony Davis came back negative after he experienced what the team said was a chest contusion during Friday night’s home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. “He had a number of tests done at a hospital,” Williams said after Saturday morning’s practice. “He stayed overnight,… Continue reading →

Lewis: Pelicans win convincingly despite LeBron’s big night

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik (3) dunks in the first half on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

On a night when the best player on the planet showed he’s not yet over the hill, a team missing the one who looks to be his successor proved that basketball is more than a one-man game. The Pelicans, with Anthony Davis gone after just 6:30 and going against LeBron James on a shooting tear, gained… Continue reading →

Pelicans soar past LeBron James, Cavaliers 119-114

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monte Williams (left) has a word with NBA official Bill Spooner (22) after receiving a technical foul in the first half on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

Somebody had to stand up to LeBron James. With Anthony Davis out injured, Tyreke Evans was more than up to the task. So was Ryan Anderson. Evans picked up the torch from Davis, Anderson closed the Cavaliers out in the fourth quarter, and the Pelicans took an impressive 119-114 victory on Friday… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Davis leaves with chest injury vs Cavs

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) walks off the court after getting injured by an elbow to the chest in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Anthony Davis has left Friday night’s game against Cleveland with a chest contusion and team officials say he won’t return. Davis played only seven minutes, scoring eight points and grabbing one rebound, before he appeared to take an elbow to the chest while jostling for position during a free throw by Cleveland’s Kevin Love. Davis, who… Continue reading →

It’s on: LeBron James to suit up for Cavaliers on Friday night against the Pelicans

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) warms up before an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

New Orleans Pelicans fans will get to see LeBron vs. AD after all. After testing his sore left knee in the Smoothie King Center two hours before the start of Friday’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Pelicans, LeBron James decided he was good to go. “I feel good and passed all of the… Continue reading →

Pelicans guard Eric Gordon tested his injured shoulder and knocks back the time table on his return

Pelicans guard Eric Gordon reacts after being injured during the first half of their game against the Jazz in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon said he tested his injured left labrum on Thursday but is not near a return to the team. “I did a little bit (of shooting) for the first time yesterday, and it felt worse,” Gordon said after Friday morning's shoot-around, in which he didn't participate. “I… Continue reading →

Pelicans prep for king-sized crowd as LeBron’s Cavaliers visit

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, flips up a shot over Toronto Raptors' Patrick Patterson in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

LeBron James’ homecoming to Northeast Ohio was the sports storyline of the summer, but his admirers are ubiquitous. No matter which NBA arena James appears in, throngs of well-wishers in his replica jersey are sure to follow. At 7 p.m. Friday, when James and his Cleveland Cavaliers come to New Orleans, the Smoothie… Continue reading →

LeBron James listed as questionable for game at New Orleans Pelicans after sitting out loss to Thunder

Associated Press photo by KATHY WILLENS -- Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James warms up before an NBA game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Monday. James sat out Thursday's game at Oklahoma City with soreness in his left knee.

OKLAHOMA CITY — LeBron James sat out the Cleveland Cavaliers’ game at Oklahoma City because of a sore left knee. Cleveland coach David Blatt announced the decision Thursday night during his pregame media session. He said James started to have issues following Cleveland’s victory over Toronto on Tuesday night. “After the last game, he felt some soreness in the… Continue reading →