Pelicans Paste Knicks, 99-91

first_imgNEW ORLEANS — Jrue Holiday returned from a toe injury and took a hard shot to the eye for his trouble. Still, he managed to provide the Pelicans with some relief from their recent rut before absorbing the latest blow to his health.Holiday scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and New Orleans snapped a three-game slide with a 99-91 victory over the New York Knicks on March 28.Returning from a two-game absence because of his toe injury, Holiday took over a tight game in the final minutes, scoring six points during a 9-0 run that gave New Orleans a 93-85 lead.But when he walked off the court in the final minute, his right eye was nearly swollen shut because of a collision with Kristaps Porzingis.Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said team doctors needed to examine Holiday’s orbital socket — just the latest medical matter for his injury-decimated team.“I’m going to send out an all-points bulletin to anybody in the French Quarter or anywhere else; we need a voodoo doctor or something here,” Gentry said. “We’ve got to find the bones under this place or do something.”Still, the Pelicans won for the first time this season when scoring fewer than 100 points. New Orleans had been 0-33 in such games.Former Knick Toney Douglas scored 16 points and Luke Babbitt added 14 for the Pelicans.Carmelo Anthony scored 22 for New York, while Robin Lopez added 17 points. Porzingis had 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.A little boy ran onto the court during a stoppage in play in the final minutes and went straight to Anthony, giving the Knicks star a brief hug. Anthony kindly patted the boy on the head.“It was a little kid,” Anthony said when asked about his affectionate response to the child. “I was shocked. I didn’t really know who was it until I actually looked over and saw that it was a kid.”New York was in position to win when Jose Calderon’s 3 capped an 8-0 run that put the Knicks up 85-84 with 3:05 left. But New York then missed two shots and turned the ball over twice while the Pelicans surged back in front.After hitting a pair of free throws to put New Orleans ahead 88-85, Holiday added a layup in traffic and a tough, turnaround fade from 17 feet. The Pelicans weren’t threatened after that.New York led much of the game and by as many as 10 points in each half, but labored through costly dry spells.New York was up 59-49 after Lopez’s dunk in the third quarter. Then Holiday, Babbitt and Dante Cunningham each hit 3s during a 15-0 run that put New Orleans back in front.“We should have won this game. There’s no if, ands or buts about that,” Anthony said, noting that the injury-decimated Pelicans are missing most of their key players.“Most of the guys (still available to play) on their team — no disrespect to them — they play a limited role. They play limited minutes.”(BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more