Clippers' furious fourth-quarter rally comes up short in loss to Pelicans

  • Clippers' furious fourth-quarter rally comes up short in loss to Pelicans

Clippers' furious fourth-quarter rally comes up short in loss to Pelicans

In their first full season as teammates, Cousins and Davis were on pace to be the first duo in National Basketball Association history to each average at least 25 points and 10 rebounds per game.

"I hope so", said Cousins.

Cousins, who is out for the season after suffering a ruptured left Achilles tendon on January 26, will be entering unrestricted free agency this summer, which has caused some uncertainty about his future with the New Orleans Pelicans.

"I feel fine but they'll have the team doctor look at it tomorrow and go from there", Davis said. He exited Wednesday night's game at the Sacramento Kings in the third quarter after rolling his left ankle after grabbing a rebound. The other provides constant concern for Pelicans fans as Anthony Davis got hurt, was taken for x-rays and didn't return to a game - again. Rajon Rondo just missed another triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds, and ten assists, while Nikola Mirotic had 24 points on 6-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc as he got the start.

New Orleans notched its 20th road win of the season Tuesday, beating the Clippers 121-116 - the most wins away from the home since the 2008-09 season.

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The Nets connected on 8 of 15 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, 19 of 45 3-pointers on the night and rallied to lead 118-110 with 3:11 to play on LeVert's 3-pointer. More importantly, he has helped the Pelicans win eight straight games, scoring 20+ points in each of those outings. Jrue Holiday also was instrumental in this Pelicans win, adding a 19 point 17 assist night to the victory.

With Davis getting a lengthy rest on the bench for most of the second quarter, New Orleans extended its advantage to 49-29 on another deep shot from Clark. Los Angeles went up by four with 2:05 left but Davis answered with six straight points, including the tiebreaking jumper with 31 seconds remaining.

"The Nets made shot after shot and they played extremely hard", Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. Harris and Williams each scored 27 points and Harrell added 26, but the Clippers paid the price for their inconsistent play and failed to hold off the Pelicans in crunch time.

Analysis: The Pelicans have won eight in a row and it's kept them in a very tight playoff race near the bottom of the western conference playoffs. "We climbed back, showed a lot of grit, had an opportunity". The Clippers now rank seventh in offensive efficiency, while New Orleans ranks 18th in defensive efficiency.