Best New Orleans Pelicans performances of 2016-17
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With a pair of NBA All-Stars now headlining its frontcourt, noteworthy nights occur often for New Orleans.
A list of the top 10 individual performances produced by Pelicans players during the 2016-17 regular season:
10, Jrue Holiday on Feb. 6 vs. Phoenix
Pelicans 111, Suns 106
Holiday stuffed the stat sheet, approaching a triple-double by piling up 30 points (tied for his second-best scoring night of the season), 10 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three blocks. Meanwhile, Phoenix catalyst and point guard Eric Bledsoe shot just 3/9 from the field in a 14-point performance.
9, Solomon Hill on March 17 vs. Houston
Pelicans 128, Rockets 112
The Pelicans beat the Rockets at their own game, pushing the pace en route to a 68-point first half and big lead. Hill notched the best statistical game of his NBA career, pouring in a career-high 30 points, while also contributing six rebounds and seven assists. Hill was 6/9 on three-pointers, one shy of his high as a pro in that category.
8, Jrue Holiday on Jan. 23 vs. Cleveland
Pelicans 124, Cavaliers 122
A season-high 33 points was only the beginning of the story for Holiday in an upset victory over the defending NBA champion Cavaliers. He shot well (12/19 from the field, 4/7 on treys, 5/5 at the foul line), handed out 10 assists, grabbed six rebounds and made his presence felt defensively, registering three steals and two blocks.
7, Anthony Davis on Nov. 23 vs. Minnesota
Pelicans 117, Timberwolves 96
On ESPN’s national airwaves, Davis dominated, racking up 45 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block. With Davis on the floor, New Orleans outscored Minnesota by 33 points, part of why the Timberwolves have probably already seen enough of him. In three matchups with Minnesota, Davis averaged a whopping 38.3 points and shot 67.7 percent from the field, leading a 3-0 sweep.
6, Anthony Davis Jan. 9 at New York
Pelicans 110, Knicks 96
At the “World’s Most Famous Arena,” Davis put up dazzling numbers, particularly when you consider that he only played in the first three quarters. Prior to New York’s Kyle O’Quinn earning a third-quarter ejection for a dangerous foul on a mid-air Davis that sent Davis sprawling into the baseline seats, he registered 40 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks in only 29 minutes of action.
5, Tim Frazier on Dec. 11 at Phoenix
Pelicans 120, Suns 119 (OT)
In what became a historic and unprecedented season around the NBA for triple-doubles, Frazier authored his first in the league by registering 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. “To say I had a triple-double in the NBA is pretty awesome,” Frazier noted, “and to say I did it at the same time as Russell (Westbrook) and James (Harden) and LeBron (James) going crazy.”
4, Anthony Davis on Oct. 26 vs. Denver
Nuggets 107, Pelicans 102
On Opening Night, Davis compiled an incredible performance, scoring 50 points, the second time in the 2016 calendar year that the three-time All-Star tallied 50-plus. For good measure, the then-23-year-old also posted 16 rebounds, seven steals, four blocks and five assists, one of the finest individual stat lines you’ll ever see. His 50 points set a New Orleans franchise record for a home game.
3, DeMarcus Cousins on March 31 vs. Sacramento
Pelicans 117, Kings 89
Although he consistently downplayed the matchup with his former team – both before and after he dominated the Kings – it had to be at least somewhat satisfying to play so well in his first game vs. Sacramento. Cousins erupted for 37 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three steals, while tying a career high by shooting 5/8 on three-pointers.
2, DeMarcus Cousins on March 21 vs. Memphis
Pelicans 95, Grizzlies 82
For fans who may not have watched Cousins play much when he was with Sacramento, this was an excellent demonstration of the big man’s multi-dimensional skills. Facing a Memphis frontcourt that features Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, Cousins was simply too much to handle, posting 41 points, 16 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes. He was 5/9 on treys and 8/9 on free throws.
1, Anthony Davis on March 11 at Charlotte
Pelicans 125, Hornets 122 (OT)
The third-best scoring game of his pro career, Davis put the Pelicans on his back in the fourth quarter and overtime, repeatedly dropping in key baskets en route to a 46-point night at Spectrum Center. Davis also grabbed 21 rebounds, becoming the first NBA player since 2001 to go for 46 and 21. Did we mention it was also his 24th birthday? Davis joined a list of only five players to ever tally 46-plus points on their birthday.