National Basketball Association
New Orleans 105, Memphis 85
When: 5:30 PM ET, Monday, January 21, 2019
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
#48 Scott Foster, #11 Derrick Collins, #64 Justin Van Duyne
No Anthony Davis, no problem for the New Orleans Pelicans, as the visitors routed the Memphis Grizzlies 105-85 on Monday in the first game without their injured All Star.
Davis sprained his left index finger in a loss at Portland on Friday night and is expected to miss a week or two.
Jahlil Okafor earned the start in place of Davis and made the most of it, scoring 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and pulling down 10 rebounds. Jrue Holiday and Nikola Mirotic each scored 21 for New Orleans. Mirotic made five 3-pointers off the bench, and Holiday added 11 rebounds.
New Orleans' Julius Randle also scored 20 and had a team-high 12 rebounds.
Memphis' Marc Gasol led all scorers with 22 after missing the team's previous game with a sore back. Mike Conley added 20 in the loss.
It was tale of two halves behind the 3-point arc for the Pelicans, who hit just one 3-pointer in the first half on 12 attempts. However, they nailed eight 3-pointers in 14 attempts in the second to pull away from the Grizzlies, who lost their sixth consecutive game and 12th in the past 13.
The Pelicans, just 7-19 on the road this year, won the final game of their five-game trip to finish the trek 2-3.
The game was tied 63-63 with 6:31 remaining in the third quarter, but the Pelicans outscored Memphis 42-22 the rest of the way.
The 3-point shots started to fall for the Pelicans in the third, as they used a 17-3 run to lead 82-68 heading into the final stanza. New Orleans went 4-for-6 from beyond the period, with Mirotic connecting on three treys in the frame.
The Pelicans took a 54-50 lead into the half on the strength of a 9-2 run to end the second quarter.
Okafor led the team at the break with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, plus seven boards. Holiday had 12 points and Randle 10.
Conley paced the Grizzlies with 15 first-half points, and Gasol had 13 but also three fouls.
The Grizzlies led 28-21 after the first quarter on a Conley 3-pointer at the buzzer. They were on top by as much as nine.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Jrue Holiday 21
Marc Gasol 22
Jrue Holiday 6
Mike Conley 8
Julius Randle 12
Marc Gasol 8
Julius Randle 8
||Free Throws Made
Mike Conley 3
Jrue Holiday 2
Mike Conley 4
Darius Miller 2
Jaren Jackson Jr. 1
Team Stats Summary
Memphis will play their next game at home against Charlotte. The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .526 after a win and .321 after a loss.
New Orleans will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Pelicans have a W/L % of .429 after a win and .500 after a loss.