DeMarcus Cousins accounted for forty factors and 22 rebounds in the New Orleans Pelicans’ 123-114 victory over the Denver Nuggets on the Smoothie King Middle on Wednesday night time.
Cousins additionally had a forty one factors and 23 rebounds within the workforce’s win over Sacramento on Oct. 26 and he is the one participant to have a forty-level, 20-rebound efficiency this season.
‘The Pelicans (12-12) got here into Wednesday dropping 4 of their final 5 however Cousins and Jrue Vacation dominated on each ends of the ground to run away with the win within the fourth quarter.
Vacation had 27 factors and 7 assists on 12-of-20 capturing from the sector.
The Pelicans have been with out Anthony Davis for the third consecutive recreation due to a left adductor pressure and the the Nuggets (thirteen-eleven) have been lacking beginning massive males Nikola Jokic (left ankle sprain) and Paul Millsap (left wrist ligament damage).
With Davis sidelined, Cousins and Vacation carried New Orleans on offense and their inside-outdoors assault stored the Denver on its heels for a lot of the night time.
Denver reduce its deficit down to 3 factors early within the fourth quarter, however Cousins and Vacation helped energy a 20-three run that gave New Orleans a 117-ninety seven lead with 6:05 remaining.
Denver acquired nearly all the things it needed on offense within the first half, however the Pelicans clamped down on protection, holding Denver 35.6 % capturing within the last two durations.
The Pelicans fell down by double digits early within the first quarter nevertheless it closed the interval making 10 of its last 12 photographs and Vacation’s layup on the buzzer tied the rating at 33 heading into the second.
Denver was pink-scorching from the perimeter, making 10 of its 19 three-level makes an attempt, however Cousins and Vacation every had 19 factors by the top of the half and New Orleans went into halftime holding a sixty seven-sixty six benefit.
Cousins accounted for 15 of the group’s 34 factors within the second and he additionally had 10 boards earlier than the top of the half, giving him his nineteenth double-double of the season.
Gary Harris led the best way for the Nuggets with 24 factors.
Streaking: The Pelicans had 28 assists, extending their streak to 21 video games with at the very least 20 assists.
Locked in: E’Twaun Moore and Darius Miller have mixed to shoot eighty one-of-163 on three-pointers since Nov. 1. New Orleans is 60-for-one hundred thirty five from on three-pointers during the last 4 video games.
Choosing up the slack: The Pelicans are three-1) with out Davis this season.
T’d up: Pelicans guard Tony Allen was given a technical foul from the bench with eight:27 left within the third.
Attendance: The introduced attendance was 15,353.
Up subsequent: Pelicans vs. Kings, Friday.
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