12/11 23:28 CST Pelicans hold off Pistons, 111-106 in OT
Pelicans hold off Pistons, 111-106 in OT
AP Sports Writer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) --- It's a good thing for the New Orleans Pelicans that Ryan
Anderson doesn't let an off night stop him from unleashing long-range shots
with the game on the line.
Anderson shook off some unusually poor shooting and hit two clutch 3-pointers
in overtime that carried the New Orleans Pelicans to a 111-106 victory over the
Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
"It's important that I stay aggressive on this team. I think coach has a lot of
confidence in me, a lot of faith in me and if I'm passive or if I don't take a
shot when I'm open, it could hurt the team," Anderson said. "So when I get an
open chance I want to shoot it confidently. ... You can never give up your
confidence on the court, no matter how awful the shooting night you have."
Jason Smith showed he is getting increasingly comfortable at center after
spending much of his early pro career at power forward. The 7-footer never
backed down against the size and strength Detroit had underneath with Greg
Monroe and Andre Drummond.
Smith scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds for the Pelicans,
who snapped a two-game skid while handing Detroit its third straight loss.
"He was a monster tonight," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "Here's a guy
doing it on both ends of the floor, has a career night and just didn't give in."
Anderson finished with 22 points on 6-of-18 shooting, including 4 of 12 from
3-point range. Jrue Holiday added 19 points and Al-Farouq Aminu, whose
teammates call him "Chief," had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Asked what it meant for the Pelicans to outrebound Detroit 51-43 --- turning 16
offensive rebounds into 14 second-chance points --- Anderson said, "It means
Jason and Chief battled their tails off tonight. ... It just means that we
wanted it more."
New Orleans also got 14 points from Tyreke Evans, whom the Pelicans expected to
miss a week or two after an ankle sprain Friday. Instead, he returned without
missing a game, but acknowledged he played in pain.
"I just felt like I could help," said Evans, adding that he understood his team
was already short-handed because of Anthony Davis' broken hand. "Once I felt
like I could run and cut side-to-side, I said, 'I'm going to play.'"
Monroe, a New Orleans native, had 28 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, which
led by three points early in overtime before Anderson's first 3 of the extra
session tied it. Brandon Jennings added 25 points and Rodney Stuckey 20 for the
Drummond had 10 points and 11 rebounds, but was disappointed New Orleans
established itself as better team near the basket.
"It's on Greg and I to figure it out. We can't continue to let guys come in our
paint and do those kinds of things to us," Drummond said. "It's a building
process and we're going to figure it out. It's not going to happen for too
Detroit had one last lead when Jennings stole the ball from Holiday and heaved
the ball down-court to Monroe for a fast-break dunk to make it 103-102. That's
when Anderson responded with his second 3 of the extra period to give New
Orleans the lead for good.
"We lost track of him in overtime," Monroe said of Anderson. "With a guy like
that, you can't give him one second to get that shot off. ... We did a good job
most of the game, but he hurt us in overtime."
Detroit trailed 108-106 after Jennings' floater off the glass with 13 seconds
left. Detroit then fouled Evans, who missed his second free throw, but Josh
Smith was called for a lane violation, and Evans hit on his extra chance to
The Pelicans led by as many as 12 points in the third quarter when Holiday's
15-foot pull-up made it 83-71, but that lead evaporated when Stuckey's
turnaround jumper late in the period began a 12-0 Detroit run that included
Monroe's layup and putback.
Detroit finally tied the game at 96 on Josh Smith's running hook with 1:19
left. Both teams then went cold, each failing to score on a pair of
possessions, and the game went to overtime after Jennings missed two jumpers in
the final seconds.
NOTES: Eric Gordon scored 14 for New Orleans. ... Smith scored 11 for Detroit.
... The Pistons rested Chauncey Billups in what was the Pistons' second game in
as many nights, while Stuckey returned from a two-game absence cause by left