Eric Bledsoe had 24 points and 11 assists, Jaxson Hayes added 18 points and the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans stayed alive in the race for the play-in tournament with 112-110 come-from-behind victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night. James Johnson added 17 points and Willy Hernangomez had 16 rebounds for the Pelicans, who pulled within 1 1/2 games of the San Antonio Spurs for the 10th spot in the Western Conference.
Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony on Friday pushed back on the notion the current group of rookie players is weaker than previous seasons after facing LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets. Entering the season, the 2020 rookie class was projected by some to be weak due to the lack of high-profile names and overall talent. With one week remaining in the regular season, that thought has been dispelled with several first-year players turning in spectacular performances this year.