The New Orleans Pelicans took quality shots in this one, going 41-79 (51.9%) from the field, including 6-13 (46.2%) from three-point range, to sneak past the Milwaukee Bucks, 102-98. New Orleans (23-29) picked up the win after falling to Toronto Raptors on Monday.
Eric Gordon put up 21 points on 7-13 shooting from the field (2-5 from behind the arc) and 5-6 from the free throw line. Other key players for New Orleans included Brian Roberts with 17 points and 5 assists, Alexis Ajinca with 16 points and 9 rebounds, and Al-Farouq Aminu with 10 points and 7 rebounds. On 8-17 shooting (1-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-6 from the free throw line, Brandon Knight scored 22 points for Milwaukee in the loss. He also recorded 9 assists. Ersan Ilyasova added 16 points and 9 rebounds and Nate Wolters finished with 14 points and 7 assists.
The Pelicans combined an eFG% of 55.7% with 46.2% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (5-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Bucks, on the other hand, are winless (0-11) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Milwaukee (9-43) has now dropped their last four in a row.
Coming up next, the Pelicans take on the New York Knicks, who are 20-32 on the year. The Bucks match up with the Orlando Magic, currently 16-38 this season. The Pelicans have a 1-0 record against New York this season. The Bucks have lost their last two meetings with Orlando.
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