DeMarcus Cousins Goes for 40 and 22 in Pelicans Win

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 7, 2017

But Cousins made one thing clear from center stage in the New Orleans Pelicans' 123-114 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night at the Smoothie King Center: Not many big men - or two or three - can stop him when he gets rolling, especially when they fall to the floor. Over three games, he has scored 97 points to go with 41 rebounds and shot 49 percent from the field.

The Nuggets are 13-11 overall - 10-2 at home but just 3-9 on the road, something that infuriates coach Mike Malone.

"Until our guys start taking it personal, until our guys start understanding the importance of playing defense and guarding your man 1-on-1, forget playoffs", Malone continued.

"That is a word we should not use for this team unless there is - talk about real honest - we are a bad basketball team on the road".

By the end of the third quarter, the Pelicans inched ahead again as Cousins started to pick up steam. They also recorded a season-high 37 assists, and their starting five combined for 101 points.

Davis played only 21 minutes in the first game against Denver but still led the Pelicans with 17 points. "That's all that matters".

Will Barton had a solid first half with 13 points and Lyles finished with a double-double; ten points and ten rebounds.

Pelicans: Davis missed his third straight game with a strained left adductor. They'd rolled in the first half right along with New Orleans.

New Orleans shot almost 57 percent, with Cousins and Holiday each scoring 19 points during the first two quarters, after which New Orleans led 67-66. Replays did not show obvious contact, and officials made a decision to uphold their original call that Plumlee committed a foul.

Meanwhile, the Nuggets were led by Gary Harris's 24 points.

At this point, the Pelicans find themselves just good enough to not be in the NBA's proverbial cellar, but not good enough to be considered as any kind of serious title contender.

"We'll have to see", Gentry said after practice Tuesday. On Nov. 20, Cousins was ejected after a similar play involving Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook. "I haven't done any basketball stuff yet", Davis said. "Just trying to villainize me and the way that it's going, I hate it". Still, there are questions lingering, and there is a chance that his injury issues could become more serious the older he gets. "That's all I'm asking".

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