The Atlanta Hawks were looking for their 20th straight win which would tie the fourth longest win streak in NBA history. The Pelicans are 16-6 at home and have been playing good basketball recently. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
The first quarter had a great tempo for both teams. They traded baskets early but the Pelicans were able to jump out to a 10 point lead.
Atlanta struggled on both ends of the floor. They shot 34% and let the Pelicans shoot 52%. Jeff Teague was able to get into the lane and scored seven points. New Orleans did a good job of chasing the Hawks off the three point line and the Hawks were only 2-8 from beyond the arc.
The Pelicans were led by Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans and Anthony Davis. Gordon found his touch from long range but picked up two fouls and had to sit down. Anthony Davis came out shooting mid-range jumpers to score eight points.
Tyreke Evans did a great job of controlling the pace for the Pelicans. He scored six points but also dished out six assists in the first quarter. Evans has had 12 assists in three of his last five games. The Pelicans were 4-5 from beyond the arc and took a 10 point lead into the second quarter.
The tempo in the second quarter was slower as both teams struggled from the field. Anthony Davis picked up his second foul but that did not stop him from scoring 11 points in the quarter. Nothing was better than this monster putback dunk.
Atlanta was just missing shots. They went into the half shooting only 37%. They did not hit a three pointer in the second quarter and went 2-14 for the half. Jeff Teague led them with 13 points.
The Pelicans dominated the boards, 27-19 as well as free throw attempts. They had a 10 point lead going into half time.
Atlanta came out in the 3rd quarter on an 11-5 run. They hit 3 three pointers after only hitting 2 in the entire first half. The lead was cut to seven and the Hawks showed some life.
The Pelicans quickly answered to extend the lead to 14 points. Tyreke Evans continued to set his teammates up and had six more assists in the quarter. Anthony Davis continued his dominance scoring eight points in the quarter. They also got eight points from Dante Cunningham.
Both teams scored over 30 points but the Pelicans had more energy. They were quicker to the 50/50 balls. The Hawks were a bit frustrated as Paul Millsap and Pero Antic picked up technical fouls.
The Pelicans went into the fourth quarter with a 13 point lead.
The fourth quarter was more of the same. The Pelicans just played with more energy and the Hawks could not cut into the lead. The Pelicans led by as much as 19.
Atlanta was led by Jeff Teague with 21 points and seven assists. Paul Millsap chipped in with 15 points but was 5-14 from the field. Al Horford filled the stat sheet with nine rebounds, four assists and three steals but he only scored eight points.
Four of the five starters scored in double figures for New Orleans. Omer Asik had nine points but grabbed 17 rebounds. Anthony Davis led the way with 29 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. After a season high 28 points Eric Gordon scored 20 points on 7-11 shooting. Tyreke Evans finished with 15 points and 12 assists.
New Orleans dominated the boards 51-32. They had 30 assists on 43 made baskets. The Pelicans also had 10 blocks. Atlanta was only 7-22 from beyond the arc. The Pelicans beat the Hawks 115-100.
Next up for the Pelicans is a home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.
Next up for the Hawks is a home game against the Wizards on Wednesday night.