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BBNBA: Pelicans and Nuggets Earn Huge Wins

Anthony Davis drives to the basket against Draymond Green. (Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Anthony Davis drives to the basket against Draymond Green. (Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Recap

The New Orleans Pelicans, otherwise known as the New Orleans Wildcats, won a huge game over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. The playoff race in the Western Conference is incredibly tight right now and at this very moment, the Pels are in a three-way tie for fifth place with the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, however, they hold the tiebreaker over both of those teams.

Anthony Davis dropped a casual 39 points as he led his team against a banged up Warriors team. Only two games remain for the Pels and they have to win both if they want to ensure that they make the playoffs. They’re only one game up on the first team outside of the playoffs, which just so happens to be another BBNBA favorite, the Denver Nuggets.

The Nuggets routed the Los Angeles Clippers last night thanks to an 8-10 shooting performance from Jamal Murray. The Nuggets also have two games remaining on their schedule against two other playoff hopefuls, the Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves. Like the Pelicans, the Nuggets have to win these games if they want to get in the playoffs. Their matchup against Karl-Anthony Towns and the T-Wolves to end the season could ultimately determine which of those two teams makes the playoffs. That’s how tight the race is right now.

Also, Rajon Rondo stripped Kevin Durant near the end of the game against the Warriors, which led to a clutch basket that earned the Pels the win.

Check out the rest of the stats below, including Eric Bledsoe’s double-double.

Statistics

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Anthony Davis (NOP)126-120 W @ GSW3413-24 (0-1)124242+239
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)115-102 W @ NYK227-9 (2-3)310111+1531
Jamal Murray (DEN)134-115 W @ LAC198-10 (0-1)37001+2439
Rajon Rondo (NOP)126-120 W @ GSW125-11 (2-4)417202+2131
Trey Lyles (DEN)134-115 W @ LAC94-7 (1-2)22000+916
Darius Miller (NOP)126-120 W @ GSW83-6 (1-4)00100+525
Patrick Patterson (OKC)108-102 W @ HOU41-1 (0-0)20100+1413
Enes Kanter (NYK)102-115 L vs. MILDNP-Back----------------
Dakari Johnson (OKC)108-102 W @ HOUDNP-CD----------------
DeAndre Liggins (NOP)126-120 W @ GSWDNP-CD----------------

Highlights



Tonight in the NBA

1:00: Pacers (Poythress) @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk)

1:00 (NBATV): Mavericks (Noel, Aa. Harrison) @ Sixers

1:00: Hawks @ Celtics

3:30 (NBATV): Pistons @ Grizzlies (An. Harrison, Teague)

6:00 (NBATV): Magic @ Raptors

6:00: Jazz @ Lakers (Randle)

9:00 (NBATV): Warriors @ Suns (Booker, Ulis)

Player to watch

Tonight’s player to watch is Malik Monk. Monk is coming off his best game as a pro, putting up 26 points on 8-14 shooting (4-6 from deep) against the Orlando Magic on Friday night. He’s scored at least 15 points in four straight games now and it’s obvious that his confidence is increasing with every game. A 1 p.m. matchup on Sunday against the Indiana Pacers – who are desperately trying to find some rhythm going into the playoffs – will include another 20-plus minute game for Monk.

@ZackGeoghegan

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR