The New Orleans Pelicans remain unbeaten in the preseason at 6-0 after Saturday night's 93-89 victory against the Washington Wizards at Rupp Arena. Despite committing 25 turnovers and shooting only 41 percent from the field the Pelicans took over the game in the fourth quarter when they outscored the Wizards 27-17. With the Pelicans clinging to a 91-89 lead forward Anthony Davis made a crucial defensive play blocking Wizards guard Bradley Beal's layup attempt. The Pelicans closed out the game with point guard Jrue Holiday making two free throws with seven seconds remaining. ``The block he (Davis) had on Beal certainly gave us a jolt and allowed us to pull away'' Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. ``He's turning into the player that we can rely on down the stretch.'' Holiday led the Pelicans with 19 points while Gordon and Davis each had 16. Shooting guard Anthony Morrow came off the bench and scored 15. Beal led the Wizards with 30 and guard John Wall had 16. New Orleans is off to its best preseason start since the 2008-09 team went 7-0. The Pelicans are the only unbeaten team in the Western Conference. They play at the newly renovated New Orleans Arena for the first time this Wednesday against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat and LeBron James. For the first time since he led the Kentucky Wildcats to a national championship before becoming the No.1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft Davis returned to play at Rupp Arena. It was not only a homecoming for Davis but also for his Pelicans teammate Darius Miller and Wall all former Kentucky players. Davis made 6-of-10 shots grabbed four rebounds and had two blocks in 27 minutes. After six games Davis leads the Pelicans with a 22.0 scoring average. He's made 53 percent of his shots.
Pelicans stay unbeaten with 93-89 victory against the Wizards
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Oct 20