They only lost by nine points, but with a tough stretch of games coming up later this month, they are blowing this opportunity to pad their record. Again, while the individual play of Cousins, Holiday and Moore were big reasons as to why New Orleans came away with the victory, frankly, the way the offense ran tonight is the biggest reason for the teams 'W'.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry was relieved to find out Davis' injury wasn't more serious.
"I think it's really important for him, when he's able to, to be around as much as possible, to travel with us as much as possible", Malone said. "He did something and shot around a little bit today and moved around a little bit".
Davis played only 21 minutes in the first game against Denver but still led the Pelicans with 17 points. However, Davis said on Monday he's still experiencing significant pain on certain cuts and pivots, and the Pelicans will be cautious with his return.
In fact, this is the best start for the team in quite awhile.
"I just want to be part of the team". Cousins poured in 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in New Orleans' 123-116 win in Portland. Cousins will have to keep his emotions in check after being ejected Monday in the final minute of a 125-116 home loss to the Golden State Warriors for jawing with Kevin Durant. He finished with a season-high tying 40 points and 23 rebounds, leading all players in both categories.
"That's what you've got to do", Cousins said. "I try to go out of my way to do things the right way, and I felt most of it was instigated from the other end". Shooting 54% from the field and 39% from downtown, the Pelicans looked as if they could do no wrong when having possession of the basketball. "It is what it is". They blitzed him repeatedly as Denver ended up scoring their first six points of the game by blowing by Rondo and that consistently resulted in easy layups.
New Orleans surrendered a staggering 146 points to Denver in the first meeting between the squads on November 17, and while Cousins' offensive numbers were gaudy on Wednesday night, his play on defense was key in the second half.
The Nuggets made 16 3-pointers in the game, but just six in the second half, after nailing 10 in the first half.