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  1. League: NBA
  2. Golden State vs. Denver
    11:35 2nd
    38 GS
    27 DEN
  3. LA Clippers vs. Portland
    End 1st
    29 LAC
    37 POR
  4. Phoenix vs. Sacramento
    8:49 2nd
    28 PHO
    28 SAC
  5. Indiana vs. Orlando
    101 IND
    86 ORL
  6. Chicago vs. Charlotte
    Final OT
    86 CHI
    91 CHA
  7. Washington vs. Boston
    118 WAS
    102 BOS
  8. Houston vs. New Orleans
    100 HOU
    105 NO
  9. Brooklyn vs. Cleveland
    85 BKN
    114 CLE
  10. Philadelphia vs. Miami
    100 PHI
    87 MIA
  11. Atlanta vs. Milwaukee
    111 ATL
    103 MIL
  12. Utah vs. Minnesota
    Final 2OT
    136 UTA
    130 MIN
  13. Toronto vs. New York
    92 TOR
    95 NY
  14. LA Lakers vs. San Antonio
    113 LAL
    100 SA
  15. Detroit vs. Oklahoma City
    111 DET
    112 OKC
  16. Dallas vs. Memphis
    Final OT
    105 DAL
    106 MEM
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Ball Don't Lie

Patrick Beverley made Jrue Holliday’s life very uncomfortable in his Pelicans preseason debut (Video)

Eric Freeman
Ball Don't Lie

On draft night, the New Orleans Pelicans engineered a trade for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday, who had previously spent his entire four-year career with the Philadelphia 76ers. It was a somewhat questionable move, given the franchise's needs, but also one that figured to solidify the team's point guard situation for the foreseeable future. Holiday has proven himself as a capable player with lots of room to grow. The Pelicans have a potential franchise cornerstone, a guy who can team with Anthony Davis to lead them back to the playoffs.

Unfortunately, Holiday's first game with New Orleans did not go quite as well as he may have hoped. In the team's preseason opener against the Houston Rockets on Saturday, Holiday was guarded by guard Patrick Beverley, best known nationally as the player whose defensive tenacity had some part (indirect or not) in knocking Russell Westbrook out of the postseason last spring. Unlike some players, Beverley did not treat this contest as an exhibition game. In fact, as the video above proves (via EOB and Reddit), he made Holiday's life a living hell with four takeaways in a two-minute stretch during the fourth quarter (he finished with eight turnovers in all). If these events had taken place during the regular season, they instantly would have become part of basketball legend.

It bears noting that this run of form says nothing about Holiday's future with the Pelicans or the logic of his acquisition. Still, I'm willing to bet he wants to forget this encounter with Beverley as soon as possible. It did not look like much fun.

On the bright side, the Pelicans did come away with a 116-115 win. Hopefully Holiday was able to use that as some consolation.

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