Pelicans CJ McCollum (3) handles the ball before the defense of Grizzlies' John Konchar at Tuesday night's NBA game.
Goal player C.J. McCollum scored. 30 points, his high of the season, while backups Larry Nance Jr. and Jose Jr. Alvarado made key contributions as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 113-102 on Tuesday in the NBA.
McCollum hit a dunk. He was 11-for-23 from the field, 7-for-13 from 3-point range, and turned up 10-for-12 shots. nine assists as the Pelicans now improved to 8-6, just behind Memphis (9-6) in the Western Conference.
"I just tried to do it. It's about being aggressive, taking advantage of opportunities,” said McCollum, who scored the second goal. 22 points in the second half. “I've been in the gym a lot trying to work on my fundamentals and my shooting discipline and tonight it held up. I just wanted to focus on work and it paid off. it's worth it,” he added.
Ja Morant scored. 36 points to lead Memphis, but it was when he went to the bench late in the third quarter that the Pelicans took the lead 86-85.
New Orleans took advantage of the lead. Morant's absence led to a 15-5 run and extended the run. the streak to 19-5 for a 104-91 lead with 6:12 to play. Alvarado scored. He added five in that stretch and Nance and McCollum each added four.
Nance finished the game. with 19 points, seven rebounds and two blocks while Alvarado had 12 points and six assists.
The Pelicans, one of the worst 3-point shooting clubs in the NBA, were 18 of 38 from beyond the range.
Memphis forward Jaren Jackson Jr. made his season debut after undergoing surgery on his right foot after the 2022 playoffs, contributing He had seven points, six rebounds, and five blocks.
Pelicans star forward Zion Williamson missed the game. the game due to a blow to the right foot.
The Grizzlies said today they will be without guard Desmond Bane for two to three weeks because of a sprained right big toe.
Bane is looking forward to it. averaging career highs of 24.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists.
Mavericks pull off tight win
In Dallas, Slovenian Luka Doncic had 35 points and 11 rebounds to ignite the host Mavericks to tightly beat the Los Angeles Clippers 103-101.
Dorian Finney-Smith's 3-pointer with 2:50 minutes left raised the score. the level of Dallas that tied the previous one. 93-93 in that fourth quarter.
Then Dwight Powell stole the ball. He got the ball and assisted. He hit Reggie Bullock, who hit the ball. He hit a 3-pointer that put the Mavericks up 96-93 with 2:02 remaining.
Bullock added a shot. He hit another 3-pointer after a Clippers turnover to give Dallas a 99-93 lead with 91 seconds left.
The Frenchman Nicolas Batum responded with a question. He hit a triple for the Clippers and Paul George added a shot. He hit a layup to put the visitors up 99-98 with 51 seconds left.
Doncic hit the ball. He then hit a 3-pointer with 27 seconds remaining to stretch Dallas' lead to 102-98.
George responded with a 3-pointer. He hit a layup with 18 seconds left, and Bullock hit the ball. He made just 1 of 2 free throws with 7.3 seconds left to make it 103-100 as the Clippers went for a 3-pointer to tie it up.
Instead, the Mavs fouled Batum and he hit the ball. He took a free kick and then missed. another, but Dallas caught the other one. the rebound and exhausted the ball. He fought the final seconds to secure the win.
George led the way. He led the Clippers with 23 points and Batum had 22 while Finney-Smith added 22 points. 21 for Dallas.
In other results of the day, the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 117-110, the NY Knicks defeated the Utah Jazz 118-111 and the Sacramento Kings defeated the Brooklyn Nets 153-121.< /p>