The Pelicans 58-45 first half went much like what the game preview had hoped for in attaining a sizable lead: controlling Ty Lawson, keeping the Nuggets off the offensive glass and not allowing many easy baskets.

Lawson was 2-6 in the first half with 3 turnovers (6-6 FT's though) and the Pels had a 10 rebound advantage (Nuggets with 6 offensive boards), an 8 point advantage in the paint, 13-2 second chance points and a positive fast break margin of 2 points.

Anthony Davis dinged his elbow falling into the media, but his three fouls in only 7:09 of court time hurt more. Thankfully, his production wasn't missed as Alexis Ajinca took care of the glass with 8 rebounds and the scoring was spread through a host of players (Anderson 11, Evans 10, Holiday & Aminu with 7).