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Ryan Anderson scores 31 as Pelicans nip Knicks

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Ryan Anderson came off the bench and scored 31 points to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a close victory over the New York Knicks, 103-99. The Pelicans had an impressive game shooting the ball, finishing 38-77 (49.4%) from the field, including 10-21 (47.6%) from beyond the arc. This is the second win in as many games for New Orleans (8-8) after beating Philadelphia on Friday.

Anderson shot 11-21 (7-11 from three-point range) in a quality performance offensively. Other top performers for New Orleans were Tyreke Evans with 24 points and 7 assists, and Jrue Holiday with 11 points and 9 assists. Despite the loss, Carmelo Anthony put up 23 points for New York on 9-21 shooting, including 1-7 from behind the arc. He also recorded 10 rebounds. Andrea Bargnani added 17 points and 7 rebounds, J.R. Smith finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds, and Raymond Felton put up 12 points and 8 assists.

New Orleans avoided turning the ball over, even against a New York defense that forces the league's third-most turnovers (opponents' TO% of 18.9%). The Pelicans finished this game with a TO% of 13.3%, and commit the second-fewest miscues in the NBA (TO% of 13.6%) thus far this season. Along with their eFG% of 55.8%, the Pelicans connected at a rate of 47.6% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (2-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Knicks are winless (0-3) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

New York (3-13) has now dropped their last 9 straight games.

Coming up, the Pelicans square off with the Chicago Bulls, who are 7-8 on the season. The Knicks match up with the Brooklyn Nets, currently sitting at 5-12 this year.

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