Cousins leads Pelicans to win over Nuggets

Sergio Conner
December 7, 2017

DeMarcus Cousins dominated the Nuggets on Wednesday to the tune of 40 points and 22 rebounds, as the Pelicans outlasted Denver, 123-114 at home. "You kind of get locked in and you know when you're rolling, of course, but it's still all about making the right play because eventually they adjust".

Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone won't be treating his team to dinner after Wednesday's sorry showing.

"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". They also recorded a season-high 37 assists, and their starting five combined for 101 points.

By the end of the third quarter, the Pelicans inched ahead again as Cousins started to pick up steam.

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Davis has missed more than his fair share of games over the course of his career due to injuries, As seen in Basketball-Reference, he has only been able to exceed more than 70 games played in a season once in his career up to this point. "That's all that matters". Then, two Pelicans' misses and two subsequent offensive rebounds gave New Orleans a bit of jazz to close the quarter on a mini-9-4 run and take a six-point lead into the fourth.

Nuggets: Trey Lyles had 10 points and 11 rebounds. New Orleans improved to just 6-6 in the Smoothie King Center but beat a contemporary in a crowded race in the heart of the Western Conference standings. But both Faried and Plumlee found themselves in foul trouble in the middle stages of the third quarter and Cousins took advantage with ten-straight points in the period. New Orleans separated from Denver late in the fourth and cruised to a nine-point win that was a wider margin than the final score indicated.

"They basically just got what they wanted", Murray said, "and we didn't stop them for a long time".

Holiday had 19 of his 27 points in the first half as the Pelicans took a 67-66 lead. "We don't want Paul ever feeling that way". On Nov. 20, Cousins was ejected after a similar play involving Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook. "But I've been getting better for the most part". All this trying to villainize me and the way it's going, I hate it. Just let me be a basketball player. "That's all I'm asking".

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