Prior to the Pelicans taking on the league-leading Toronto Raptors on Monday night, Toronto coach Nick Nurse had high praise for New Orleans.
“They’re an offensive juggernaut,” he said. “They’re trying to hit you quick, with everything that they do. If you think you’re going to ease into possessions defensively… they’re going to score on you.”
Perhaps unfortunately for Nurse, his assessment was spot on in a 126-110 Pelicans road victory over the Raptors. Thanks to a 17-point, first-half effort from E’Twaun Moore, New Orleans wasted little time jumping out to a lead against a Raptors team that had been unbeaten on their home floor.
“I thought we did a good job,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We started the game the right way.”
Moore was one of three Pelicans to top 20 points in the victory.
“E’Twaun was being E’Twaun,” Pelicans forward Anthony Davis said. “He can do more than just shoot the ball. He can put it down and make plays on both ends of the floor. Without his performance, we don’t win this game.”
While Moore finished with a season-high 30 points, Davis contributed a dominant performance on both ends of the floor, finishing with 25 points, 20 rebounds, six assists and two blocks in nearly 40 minutes of action. Jrue Holiday added 29 points and a game-high 14 assists and Julius Randle scored 17 points to go with 12 rebounds as the Pelicans snapped a five-game road losing streak.