Raptors (7-4), Pelicans (6-6)
TORONTO – The combination of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins has been effective and consistent all season, but on Thursday the duo experienced a rare poor shooting game, while also struggling with turnovers. On some previous nights that may have spelled doom for New Orleans, but the Pelicans received quality performances from the rest of the roster. Ultimately, however, it wasn’t quite enough. Toronto pulled out a narrow victory in the final minutes, grabbing a two-possession edge on DeMar DeRozan’s mid-range fadeaway jumper with 32 seconds left.
Jrue Holiday approached a career high in scoring by dropping in 34 points, including 24 in the first half. Toronto still led 66-60 at intermission, though, due to 50 percent shooting from the field.
IT WAS OVER WHEN…
New Orleans reserve Jameer Nelson missed a transition three-pointer from the right wing with the visitors down by four in the final seconds. Toronto collected the rebound near the basket, then dribbled out the clock. The Pelicans were foiled in their bid to post the first 4-0 road trip in team history, instead settling for 3-1 with victories over Dallas, Chicago and Indiana.