Moore scored 30 points Nick O'Leary Jersey , and Davis had 28 points and 12 rebounds to help the Pelicans rout the Memphis Grizzlies 123-95 on Wednesday night.
Davis struggled in the previous two games after twisting an ankle in a loss to Portland on March 27. In subsequent losses to Cleveland and Oklahoma City, he averaged 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds while making 39 percent of his shots. For the season, Davis has averaged 28.1 points and 11.1 rebounds while making 53.5 percent of his shots.
On Wednesday he made 8 of 13 field goals, 11 of 13 free throws and had three blocks and two steals.
”I was trying to get back to how I was playing, get the team back,” Davis said. ”I know they feed off my energy, so I just try to come out with a lot of energy on both ends of the floor and try to lead us to a win. It was fun, but we’ve got to do the same thing next time we play.”
The eighth-place Pelicans ended a season-worst, four-game losing streak and increased their lead over idle Denver to a full game for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Both teams have four games remaining Fozzy Whittaker Jersey , and Denver has the tiebreaker after winning the season series.
Moore made a career-high seven 3-pointers in 10 attempts. Nikola Mirotic added 25 points, and Jrue Holiday had 15 for New Orleans.
The Pelicans made 16 of 36 3-pointers and the Grizzlies made 10 of 31.
”I thought we did what we needed to tonight,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. ”We got off to a great start. I thought our ball movement was good again. I thought (Davis) was very aggressive at the start of the game. We shot the ball well as a team. We needed to see some 3s go in.”
MarShon Brooks scored 25 points, and Ivan Rabb had 16 for the Grizzlies. They have the second-worst record in the NBA.
Davis had 14 points and five rebounds as New Orleans took a 32-23 lead after one quarter.
Moore scored 13 second-quarter points as the Pelicans increased their lead to 65-53 at halftime.
Mirotic scored seven points as New Orleans began the third quarter with an 18-6 run to take command with an 83-59 lead. The Pelicans led by as many as 32 points in the fourth quarter.
”I think they stepped it up,” Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. ”They’re playing with a lot on the line. They understood the importance of this game and how they needed to win. Look at where they are in the standings. This was a must-win basketball game for them. They gave us their best shot.”
Grizzlies: Memphis lost for the 26th time in its last 29 nine games and for the 31st time in its last 34 road games. … The Grizzlies fell behind 10-0 as they failed to score until Dillon Brooks made a jumper with 8:42 left in the first quarter.
Pelicans: Rajon Rondo had a game-high 13 assists. … The Pelicans head out for their final road trip of the regular season, playing their next three games away from home. It’s their first multiple-game road trip in four weeks. … Mirotic replaced Emeka Okafor in the starting lineup. … The Pelicans won at home for the second time against the Grizzlies, who won the two meetings in Memphis.
PELICANS’ CLARK INJURED
Pelicans G Ian Clark, who had emerged as one of the team’s top reserves, left the game for good in the second quarter after injuring his right ankle on a drive to the basket. X-rays were negative and Gentry said more would be known after an MRI on the ankle on Thursday. Clark had scored in double figures in seven of his previous 12 games.
Grizzlies: Memphis hosts Sacramento on Friday.
Pelicans: New Orleans visits Phoenix on Friday.
Even with the Montreal Canadiens eliminated from postseason contention A.J. Bouye Jersey , Brendan Gallagher keeps competing hard every single night.
Gallagher scored twice, including his 30th goal of the season, and Carey Price snapped a seven-game losing streak as Montreal defeated the skidding Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Monday.
”Those 30 goals are well deserved,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said about Gallagher. ”It’s an example of what hard work and perseverance and commitment and dedication is all about. He never complains about anything. He goes about and does his job. That’s what you expect from your leaders.”
With the two goals, Gallagher pushed his total to 49 points this season. His previous career high was 47.
”It’s nice,” the feisty winger said about reaching the 30-goal plateau. ”You want to contribute and you want to score. It’s also nice to get it out of the way and stop talking about myself and get back to finishing hard and finishing the right way.”
Paul Byron and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Montreal in a matchup of Original Six franchises who will miss the playoffs. Price made 26 saves for his first win since Feb. 4. He had been 0-5-2 since then.
”We have five games remaining and we want to finish the right way game after game and really push each other to carry this over into next year,” Gallagher said.
Gustav Nyquist and Tyler Bertuzzi scored for Detroit, and Jared Coreau stopped 27 shots in his fifth game of the season. He is 0-4-0.
Both the Canadiens and Red Wings will take part in the draft lottery this spring. Montreal is 26th in the overall NHL standings, three points ahead of 27th-place Detroit.
The Red Wings have won just once in their last 14 games (1-12-1).
”We’ve been real good through the stretch Dominique Easley Jersey ,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. ”We’ve played really good hockey. We’ve deserved better results. No chance is that good enough tonight. We have to be way better.
”Our attention to detail, not good enough. Our intensity, not good enough. Winning puck battles, doing all the little things it takes, just too many guys not going.”
Gallagher scored his first of the game and team-leading 29th of the season at 4:27 of the second period to give the Canadiens a 2-1 lead. The forward threw the puck on net from the corner of the ice and it bounced off Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser’s skate and in.
The Edmonton native, who has scored in three consecutive games, got his 30th at 9:32 when he tipped a shot by Mike Reilly on net. The puck went off Coreau’s skate and landed in the crease before the goalie accidentally knocked it in himself.
”Those are the ones I’m used to scoring,” said Gallagher, who also had two blocked shots. ”It’s always good when the guys don’t really know that you scored the goals. But any way you can score is obviously nice.”
The 5-foot-9 forward came within inches of his first career hat trick. With 4:26 remaining Tremaine Edmunds Jersey , Jeff Petry’s shot from the blue line trickled past Coreau. Gallagher came close to knocking it in, but Galchenyuk got his stick on it first to make it 4-2.
”I don’t think there’s a guy who works harder in this locker room,” Petry said about Gallagher. ”He’s one of the guys who’s consistently going to those tough areas and he’s getting rewarded for it.”
Bertuzzi got one back for Detroit at 13:41 of the second when he squeezed a loose puck between Price’s pads.
The teams traded goals in the first period.
Nyquist got the first at 4:41 with a hard one-timer before Byron responded, on the power play, with a backhand off the post and in at 18:11 for his 19th.
NOTES: Detroit recalled 21-year-old defenseman Joe Hicketts from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. … Several Canadian Olympians were honored in a pregame ceremony, including medalists Kim Boutin, Charles Hamelin, Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Mikael Kingsbury.
Red Wings: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.
Canadiens: Play at Pittsburgh on Saturday night.
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