TERRENCE Jones had a career-high 36 and Jrue Holiday came out with a season-best 33 points as the Anthony Davis-less New Orleans Pelicans spoiled Kyrie Irving’s scoring rampage and pulled off an epic upset over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 124-122, at the Smoothie King Center on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
New Orleans led by 17 early in the fourth led by Jones’ breakout game and a splendid effort from the Pelicans bench, outscoring the Cavs reserves 40-13. But Cleveland stormed back, cutting the lead to three late.
But trailing 120-116 with 28 seconds left, LeBron James blew a chance to come closer as Langston Galloway picked off his sloppy dribble and Jones countered a Kyrie Irving triple with clutch free throws to cap his career night and the massive upset against the reigning champs even without the Pelicans top star.
Jones and Holiday each had double-doubles as the forward added 11 rebounds to his tally while the former All-Star guard got 10 assists. Donatas Motiejunas chipped in 14 off the bench for the Pelicans (18-27), while Galloway and Dante Cunningham had 12 and 11 markers, respectively.
Irving had his season-high 49 points, including eight triples, go to waste as well as James’ triple-double of 26 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love also had a fine performance with a double-double of 22 markers and 16 boards but could not find support off the bench to lose their second game in a row and fall to 30-13.