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Pelicans break even over weekend

Birds fall to Raptors but take down Hornets, get Rockets tonight

Mark Menard
November 11, 2019 - 10:07 am

It was a rocky weekend for the Pelicans, who lost the opening game of a back to back at home Friday night 122-104 to the Toronto Raptors, a game that saw Pascal Siakam match his career high with 44 points.

But the Pelicans rebounded nicely on Saturday with their first road win of the year, taking down the Hornets in Charlotte 115-110. Even in victory though, the same problems that have plagued the Pels all season were on display. Coach Alvin Gentry says they have got to figure out a way to stop giving the ball away and committing so many fouls.

"We turned the ball over way too much," Gentry said. "We've just got to get better in that department there. And the fouls, you've got to adjust to the officiating. We have to make sure that we're not just fouling, especially down the stretch. That puts them on the line with the clock stopped. So we've just got to do a better job in that department."

But Gentry says he was encouraged that they found a way to overcome their 26 turnovers to put a notch in the win column.

"We grinded it out and found a way to in," Gentry said. "And to me that's the most important thing."

Brandon Ingram again led the Pelicans in scoring in both games, and he says playing in so many tight games is teaching them how to put teams away.

"We had a better sense of urgency at the end of the game," Ingram said. "We just executed. We didn't rush it. We got the best, open shot for our team."

Now at 2-7 on the season, they're right back on the floor tonight for their third game in four days. The Pelicans host the Houston Rockets in the Smoothie King Center at 7.

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