SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Power forward Julius Randle and point guard Jrue Holiday scored 30 points each on Monday to help the New Orleans Pelicans edge past the Utah Jazz 115-112 for their third consecutive victory.
Randle and Holiday combined to score at least 50 points for the fourth consecutive match and helped the Pelicans score 21 points off of 18 Utah turnovers.
“I thought we picked up our defense in general. We were a little more scrappy and we got our hands on some balls,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said.
Center Anthony Davis had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Pelicans, as well as making three assists, three steals and three blocks in the first three quarters of the match, before sitting out in the fourth.
Forward Jae Crowder and shooting guard Kyle Korver scored 20 points each for the Jazz (36-27), who stayed in sixth position in the Western Conference standings despite their four-match winning streak being broken at home by the Pelicans.
The Pelicans (30-36) remained in the third place in the Southwest Division standings and 12th in the Western Conference despite the victory.
The two teams are set to play again on Tuesday, this time in the Pelicans’ home arena.
French center Rudy Gobert put on the best defensive performance for the Jazz, scoring a double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds – 13 of them defensive – and making two blocks.
Shooting guard Donovan Mitchell scored 19 points and made nine assists for the Jazz, having been named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the week ending March 3 for his brilliant performances.
This is the second time in Mitchell’s career that he received the honor, having averaged 34 points on 46.4 percent from the field in the three games Utah won last week.
Mitchell also had nine assists, while point guard Ricky Rubio added eight assists on an otherwise disappointing evening offensively. The Spaniard scored just three points and had three rebounds in 26 minutes on court.
Australian forward Joe Ingles scored a career-best 11 assists and had 8 points for the Jazz.
“We played well enough offensively to win, but we weren’t able to get stops and we let them back in the game,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said after the game.