Pelicans big man Anthony Davis hit a free throw with 2:14 to play against the Jazz, tying the score at 90-90, and then scored his team’s next 7 points to secure a 100-96 victory. The win came against a red-hot Utah team that had won its previous seven games, and lifted the Pelicans to 20-32, who find themselves in 12th place in the West, six games back in the hunt for the final playoff spot.
Since losing back-to-back games to the Hawks and Heat, the Thunder have gone 28-6, outscoring the opposition 110.9 to 101.6, and winning the battle of the boards 47.8 to 40.3. Like the Pelicans, OKC’s latest win came at the expense of the Utah Jazz, in a 122-106 contest that saw Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook score 32 and 29 respectively. At 39-14, the Thunder have the third-best record in the league and the 3 seed in the West, but morale is low as assistant coach Monty Williams’ wife, Ingrid Williams, died Tuesday night in a head-on collision with another car.
The Thunder won the teams’ previous meeting, 110-103, behind 43 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists from Westbrook, who took control in the absence of Durant.