NEW Orleans banked on a balanced attack and its lockdown defense to overcome a slow start to beat San Antonio, 119-103, as the Pelicans ended the Spurs’ five-game win run despite the return of Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) at the Smoothie King Center.
Jrue Holiday led seven Pelicans players in double figures with 23 points, while Terrence Jones came off the bench to put in 21 markers. Davis added 16 and a career-high 22 rebounds.
Leonard, who missed the Spurs’ last two games with a sore left hand, scored 14 of his 23 points in the second period to help San Antonio lead 57-48 at the half. The Spurs still led by 11 midway through the third but the Pelicans stormed back to take a one-point lead entering the fourth period.
Jones, Solomon Hill and Tyreke Evans combined for 29 of the Pelicans’ 34 fourth-quarter points to pull away from the Spurs, who only had 19 in the final frame against New Orleans’ defense. San Antonio shot just 38.8 percent from the field compared to New Orleans’ 51.6 clip.
Hill and Evans finished with 16 and 11 points, respectively, as the Pelicans improved to 19-28.
LaMarcus Aldridge had a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds for San Antonio (36-10), while Davis Bertans also added 14 markers off the bench.