Pelicans (3-3), Cavaliers (3-3)
DeMarcus Cousins netted his seventh career triple-double. Anthony Davis took over in the fourth quarter. E’Twaun Moore delivered a career night. Jrue Holiday played his second straight superb game. All four players finished with 20-plus points.
It was a splendid Saturday all-around for New Orleans, which pulled away in the final period for a one-sided victory over Cleveland. In their home opener eight days ago, the Pelicans played well against the defending NBA champion Warriors but lost; this time their excellent play resulted in a blowout victory vs. the East’s best team.
Davis posted 30 points, while Cousins and Holiday followed with 29 apiece. Moore shot 10/13 from the field and tied his career high by scoring 24 points.
IT WAS OVER WHEN…
Holiday drained a left-wing three-pointer with seven-plus minutes remaining, giving New Orleans a 108-89 lead. The Pelicans rode a big surge – with numerous big plays by Davis at the offensive end – to make a tight game a rout. Cleveland called it a night a couple minutes later, taking out its main players and subbing in deep reserves.
PELICANS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Cousins set the tone for a big assist night by New Orleans in the first quarter, repeatedly finding open Pelicans for easy baskets. The Pelicans totaled a season-best 33 assists, their best tally of the young season in that category (previous high was 28). He also helped steady the hosts in the third quarter after Cleveland made a run, dropping in 15 points in that stanza alone to give New Orleans some separation on the scoreboard.