The New Orleans Pelicans pulled away against the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of the match-up between two of the worst teams in the Western Conference on Tuesday night.
Anthony Davis showed that he’s still one of the superstars in the league finishing with 35 points on 13-of-22 field goals with 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots and this time it resulted in a victory.
With the win, the Pelicans improved to 14-27 for the season and jumped over the Phoenix Suns (13-29) and Timberwolves (13-30) in the Western Conference team standings. Still a long way to go for the Pelicans to return to the playoff picture like last season but they improved to 9-9 at home and have won three of their last four games.
Four other Pelicans scored in double figures to help out Davis. Tyreke Evans had 13 points and 5 assists while Eric Gordon and Dante Cunningham added 11 points each. Jrue Holiday came off the bench to contribute 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting and 7 assists.
The Timberwolves continue their march to another lottery appearance and have lost 10 of their last 11 games.
Against the Pelicans, Karl-Anthony Towns posted a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins had 21 points. However, the team shot just 3-of-13 from behind the arc and allowed New Orleans to outscore them 31-15 in the third quarter and 63-39 in the entire second half.
The Timberwolves had a 60-52 lead at halftime but trailed by seven points entering the final quarter. The Pelicans continued to roll in the fourth and built the double-digit lead midway through the final quarter.
The Pelicans continue a seven-game home stand hosting the Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies in their next six games. If Davis and company wants to challenge for a playoff spot, this is the stretch the Pelicans want to take advantage of and get some all-important wins.