The New Orleans Pelicans have a night of record breakers



By Alvaro Pena

We all knew that the Minnesota Timberwolves were going to lose this matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans, but this game was just embarrassing for the Wolves. The Pelicans crushed every hope and positive gain the Wolves tried to bring into the game. The Pel’s were offensively unstoppable, breaking scoring records and breaking the psyche of the young Timberwolves with a complete blowout win of 139-91.

From the moment the Pelicans won the jump ball they outran the Wolves and scored on their first four possessions making it an early 9-2 lead. It didn’t end there, the Pelicans continued their offensive onslaught throughout the first quarter. They shot the ball at a high of 75 percent and a franchise record making 18 of 24 field goals.

Jrue Holiday was on a whole different level when compared to rookie Zach LaVine. Holiday took the young rook to school, scoring 10 points and distributing the ball for 5 assists in the first quarter. Holiday is also improving on his shooting range, early in the first quarter he shot a transition three to put the Pel’s up 7-0. When he wasn’t scoring, he was racking up his assists total by passing the ball to Omer Asik for easy dunks or lobbing it to Anthony Davis for an alley-oop smash.

An 18-3 run by the Pel’s gave them a 27-9 advantage over the Timberwolves. Late into the quarter, Ryan Anderson and Luke Babbitt came onto the floor together, which was a new combination from Monty Williams.

Anderson only scored two points in the quarter, but Babbitt contributed two three-pointers.

Anderson made four three-pointers against the Wolves and finished with 16 points. Babbitt went 4-4 from beyond the arc and put in 12 points.

Austin Rivers finished the first quarter strong with six points on three positive consecutive plays. This has been a breakout game for Rivers; he finished with 17 points going 8-9 from the field.

The Pelicans finished the first quarter with 43 points which is a franchise record, and the whimpering Wolves only managed 19 points.

In the second quarter, New Orleans showed no mercy. Maybe they were upset about how poorly they finished the game against the Los Angeles Lakers during their last matchup. It was definitely a contributing factor for the complete beat down on the Wolves.

The Pel’s continued going on runs, in the second quarter they went on a 31-15 run to finish the half.

New Orleans recorded a franchise record 80 points in the first half. They shot an incredible 72 percent from the field and that is a new record as well.

Anthony Davis finished the night with 22 points and 2 blocks. Holiday had 24 points and 9 assists. Gordon and Evans combined for 27 points. Asik also contributed 8 points and grabbed 5 boards.

The benched combined for 58 points beating Minnesota bench by 14 points. The Pelicans made 15-20 three’s that tied the franchise high. The game ended in the first half but the starters still went out to make a statement. The final score was 139-91. These are some postgame notes from the New Orleans Pelicans website.

  • The Pelicans scored a franchise record 43 points in the first quarter, connecting on .750 (18-24) of their field goals, including .800 (4-5) from three-point range.
  • The Pelicans opened the game on a 20-6 run.
  • New Orleans scored 80 points in the first half, shooting .721 from the floor (31-43) including .889 (8-9) from three-point range, setting new franchise records for points in a half (previous for first half was 70, either half was 74), field goal percentage in a half (previous record .697), field goals made in a half (previous 29) and field goals attempted (previous record 42).
  • The Pelicans missed consecutive field goals only once in the first half.
  • Eric Gordon, Jrue Holiday, Austin Rivers, Luke Babbitt were a combined 16-16 from the field in the first half, including 6-6 from long range.
  • The Pelicans scored 33 points off 24 Minnesota turnovers.
  • The Timberwolves out-scored the Pelicans via 2nd chance points (12-4) and fast break points (21-17).
  • The Pelicans set a franchise record for points in a game with 139 (previous record 135).
  • The 48-point victory set a new franchise record (previous record 41).
  • All Pelican starters, with an exception of Jrue Holiday, played a season low in minutes. Holiday missed his season-low by 38 seconds.

The Pelicans will take on the Portland Trailblazers in Portland on Monday night Nov. 17.




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