Saturday, July 7, 2018

Pelicans Cool Off Heat

The New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Miami Heat, 110-84, in the Las Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Saturday.
The fact that New Orleans won all four individual quarters shows just how lopsided this game was, as Miami trailed by 31 points at times in the fourth quarter. The second quarter is where the Pelicans made separation, outscoring the Heat 30-15. New Orleans’ offense was unstoppable, as they connected on 58 percent from the field and 50 percent from long range. They held Miami to just 42 percent from the field and 26 percent from long range. Ball movement was a huge part of that, with the Pelicans out-assisting the Heat, 24-15.
The Heat (0-1) were led by Duncan Robinson, as he tallied 18 points and six rebounds. Jarrod Jones was their best player, as he led the bench with 15 points and 12 boards. Rashad Vaughn totaled 11 points, two rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The Pelicans (2-0) got a near triple-double out of Walter Lemon Jr., as he collected 19 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. Cheick Diallo finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Cliff Alexander went a perfect 7-of-7 from the field to accrue 15 points, five rebounds and two steals. Trevon Bluiett was huge off the bench, providing 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting.
On deck for Miami is a matchup with the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. As for New Orleans, they’ll play the Detroit Pistons on Monday for their next fixture.

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