It was a meaningless game in yet another lost season. In a 6 ½-month span of basketball that was ravaged by injuries and, at times, dumbfounding lapses, the squad the New Orleans Pelicans ran out on the court for their season finale Wednesday night vaguely resembled the unit that opened the season with so much promise. The best thing that likely can be said about this trying season is that it's finally over. Sure, the Pelicans managed to come away with a 105-100 victory against the playoff-bound Houston Rockets at the Smoothie King Center, ending their season on a two game winning streak. But there have been far too many injuries and losing streaks along the way for a wary fan base to come away pleased. Some likely will appreciate the team's effort, though. That's been on display throughout the season. And it was there against the Rockets. "We were really excited and happy to be able to get a win the last game of the season," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "We haven't had a chance to enjoy that going into the offseason and into the playoffs. We're really happy about the way our guys played. "We talk about it all year long – all that we've been through this year, for our guys to go out there and compete like that until the last minute of the season, it just says a lot about who we are as a program. And that's how we played all year, just scrapped and fight and different guys make plays. It feels real good to get a win going into the summer. Now we've got to build on all of the things we've learned and the growth we've had this year." Continuing to play with a bruised right knee, Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans scored 25 points and had 10 assists and six rebounds to help the Pelicans avoid being swept by the Rockets, who had won the first three meetings of the season.
Pelicans end season with a 105-100 win against the Rockets
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Apr 17