Los Angeles, CA — The Los Angeles Clippers (2-2) went on the road for the first time this season when they traveled to New Orleans to face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans on Tuesday night. They were coming off a two game winning streak in Los Angeles when they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets. That streak ended in New Orleans when they fell to the Pelicans 116-109.
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Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari combined for 50 points and (16-31) from the field. The two wings head Coach Doc Rivers has utilized thus far have been steady through these first four games. Harris had a team-high 26 points (3rd straight 20+ game) and 9 rebounds and Gallinari had 24 points making (7-7) of free throws.
The other three starters: Beverly, Bradley, and Gortat combined for 14 points on just (6-22) shooting.
The bench outscored the Pelicans 45-24. Lou Williams had 17 points off the bench and Montrezl Harrell had 12 points.
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The Pelicans remain undefeated at 3-0 and were led again by First Team All-NBA Anthony Davis who had game-highs in points (34) and rebounds (13) also had five blocks. He was a a monster on the floor from start to finish and the Clippers didn’t have an answer for him.
He was 11-21 from the field and made two of his three 3-pt attempts. He's averaging 30 PPG, 13 REB, and 5 AST through the teams first three games.
Point guard Elfrid Payton scored 20 points and had 6 rebounds and assist. His back court mate Jrue Holiday was just 2-15 from the field (8 points) but did have a game-high 9 assist to go along with a solid 6 rebounds.
Nikola Mirotic who led the team in scoring through the first two games (33 PPG) didn't have a great night shooting from deep. He missed all six of his three point attempts after making 11-17 in the first two games. He still had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Former Laker Julius Randle continues to be productive off the bench for the Pelicans. He scored 18 points and had 5 rebounds in just 22 minutes before fouling out.
The Clippers now travel to Houston to face a Rockets team they just beat less than a week ago. The Rockets and reigning MVP James Harden will look to make amends for the loss last Sunday and will welcome back their floor general Chris Paul who did not play in Sunday's meeting because of the suspension handed down by the league over the altercation with a few Laker players.
Next Game: Friday 10/26 @ Rockets 5:00 PT