NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
New Orleans 26 27 31 20 104
Oklahoma City 34 28 17 30 109
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , November 29, 2019
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  Attendance: 18,203

Pelicans, Thunder begin home-and-home in Oklahoma City

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New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City Thunder

  1. New Orleans has lost 15 of its last 18 games in Oklahoma City, including a 115-104 defeat on November 2. Those 15 defeats have all come this decade, and the only place where the Pelicans have suffered more road losses in that time is San Antonio (16).
  2. The Pelicans have hit at least 13 three-pointers in 10 consecutive games; they had never previously made that many 3s in more than five straight games. They join Houston as the only teams to make double-digit three-pointers in every game this season.
  3. The Thunder have held opponents to 10.3 three-pointers made per game, second best in the league behind the 76ers (9.5). However, Oklahoma City's last four opponents have combined to shoot 48.2 percent from three-point range (54-for-112).
  4. Jrue Holiday is two steals shy of becoming the 18th active player with 1000 for his career. He had three steals in Wednesday's loss to the Lakers, his 10th game this season with multiple steals -- only Jimmy Butler has more (11).
  5. Chris Paul has yet to record a double-double in 17 games this season -- in his only double-digit assist game (vs. LAL on Nov. 19), he was held to four points. The fewest double-doubles the former New Orleans Hornets star has had in any of his previous 14 NBA seasons was 14 with Houston in 2017-18.
  6. Brandon Ingram entered this season as a career 66.2 percent free-throw shooter but is at 81.0 percent this season (68-of-84). He's made each of his last 25 free-throw attempts -- the fourth-longest active streak in the NBA - after previously never hitting more than 14 in a row.

The New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder have been rather generous of late and the results haven't been pretty.

The struggling teams aim to tighten up defensively on Friday when they open a home-and-home series in Oklahoma City. The Pelicans and Thunder will reconvene in New Orleans on Sunday.

Oklahoma City lost for the sixth time in eight games with Wednesday's 136-119 setback in Portland, a contest in which the Thunder fell behind 40-17 before finding themselves chasing the game the rest of the way.

"We have to be better and communicate better," guard Chris Paul said. "I think early in the game I was late in all my rotations. We have to be better and if we get better defensively, I think we'll start seeing different results."

Oklahoma City was unable to build off a 100-97 victory over Golden State, one that snapped the club's three-game losing skid. Portland's fast start from the perimeter put the Thunder on the defensive.

"We have to be better," Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. "I don't know if it was sluggish, but we just didn't play well enough."

Abdel Nader might be the exception to that statement, as the 26-year-old scored a career-high 23 points on 7-of-9 shooting -- including a 3-of-4 performance from 3-point range -- while playing just 17 minutes off the bench.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is averaging a team-high 18.8 points, finished with just 11 on 4-of-10 shooting against the Trail Blazers.

"We play so many games in this league that you can't dwell on a bad game or a good game," the 21-year-old Gilgeous-Alexander said. "You always gotta put the game behind you and get ready for the next one."

The next one is a rematch with the Pelicans, against whom Gilgeous-Alexander collected 23 points and eight rebounds in the Thunder's 115-104 victory on Oct. 2.

New Orleans has answered winning three in a row by surrendering an average of 125.3 points during its three-game skid. The Pelicans also were generous to former franchise star Anthony Davis, who scored a season-high 41 points in the Los Angeles Lakers' 114-110 victory on Wednesday.

New Orleans had a chance at the end, but Jrue Holiday's attempted inbounds pass to former Laker Brandon Ingram was intercepted by Davis in the waning moments to effectively end the game.

"I just didn't meet the basketball," the 22-year-old Ingram said. "I think I was a little lackadaisical getting open a little bit. He saw that I was open. I just didn't meet the basketball."

Ingram overcame a porous 4-of-21 shooting performance to finish with 23 points, marking the eighth straight game he has eclipsed the 20-point plateau. Prior to that, Ingram had a seven-point effort against the Thunder before exiting midway into the second quarter with an injury.

Despite the loss, Pelicans guard Kenrich Williams took a positive out of the contest.

"We learned that we can compete with anybody in the league, no matter if it is one of the teams in the league with the best record, or anybody," Williams said. "We can compete."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 28, 2019

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