During the entire third quarter on Friday night, the New Orleans Pelicans played with an edge they were unable to provide throughout the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Pelicans made a concerted effort to crowd shooters, block shots and forced the Grizzlies into a scramble mode after halftime that rendered them ineffective for the remainder of the game. The Pelicans' effective second half push carried them to a 104-98 victory before an announced crowd of 15,516 the New Orleans Arena.

It was the Pelicans' second consecutive home victory that gave them much needed momentum heading into their five-game road trip starting on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets. At 11-10, the Pelicans are over the .500 mark for only the second time this season.

Yet, the victory still came with yet another significant injury setback. Pelicans swingman Tyreke Evans re-aggravated his sprained left ankle after he penetrated the lane and was fouled by Memphis guard Tony Allen just before halftime.

After Evans made his two free throws he did not return for the remainder of the game after scoring six points in 12 minutes.After the game, he was seen on crutches in the locker room. There's been no determination by the Pelicans yet if he will be available to play against the Nuggets.

Evans sprained his left ankle against the Oklahoma City Thunder last week, but he didn't miss a game before returning this past Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons.The Pelicans led 55-54 at halftime, but they didn't make their first effective push in the game until late in the second quarter when they surged on a 10-0 run to take a 49-48 lead.

During the spurt, Anderson scored seven points that included a layup that put the Pelicans ahead by one with 2:50 remaining, despite numerous breakdowns with their interior defense minutes.