Pelicans 111, Pistons 106 (OT)

Peter Finney Jr., The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

NEW ORLEANS -- Forward Ryan Anderson overcame an ice-cold shooting night by hitting two 3-pointers and a two free throws in overtime, leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a 111-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night at the New Orleans Arena.
Anderson had missed 12 of 16 shots before he finally got a 3-pointer from the left wing to fall with 1:01 left in overtime, tying the game at 101. Then, after forward Al-Farouq Aminu hit one of two foul shots, putting New Orleans up 102-101, forward Greg Monroe hit a dunk for Detroit to put the Piston back up, 103-102, with 1:34 left.
On the next trip, Anderson nailed another 3-pointer from the right baseline, and New Orleans led for good, 105-103.
Anderson finished with 22 points, and center Jason Smith added 22 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for the Pelicans (10-10).
Monroe led the Pistons (10-13) with 28 points, and guard Brandon Jennings added 25.
Trailing 96-92 with 2:14 remaining in regulation, Detroit tied the score at 96, on a scoop in the lane by forward Josh Smith and then another left-handed drive by Smith on the next possession.
Anderson had a wide-open 3-point attempt from the right wing, but the ball barely glanced the rim with 26.5 seconds left. Jennings missed two long jumpers in the final five seconds, sending the game to overtime. The Pistons outscored New Orleans 22-13 in the fourth quarter.
Jennings nailed an off-balance 15-footer to draw Detroit within 91-90 with 3:12 left, but after each team committed a turnover, Aminu slammed home a dunk on a feed from Gordon to put New Orleans ahead 93-90 with 2:48 left.
Holiday had seven third-quarter points, including the last five, as New Orleans built an 83-71 lead. But for the fourth time in the game, the Piston closed a double-digit deficit with a run of their own.
Forcing the Pelicans into 10 consecutive empty possessions, Detroit went on a 12-0 run in a 4:39 span of the third and fourth quarters to tie the game, 83-83. The Pistons could have taken the lead, but they missed four of five free throws in a 1:17 span, and New Orleans regained the lead, 89-84, with a layup and two free throws by Smith.
NOTES: Pelicans coach Monty Williams revealed in the midst of reading a laundry list of injuries that PG Jrue Holiday was playing with a chipped bone in his elbow "for about three weeks. He's a tough kid." Asked which elbow, Williams said, "Well, he's only got two." ... The Pelicans used their four-day break to try to get healthy. PF Anthony Davis is out for another three to five weeks with a broken finger, but SG Tyreke Evans, who appeared to badly sprain his left ankle in a 109-95 loss to Oklahoma City on Friday and was expected to miss 1-2 weeks, returned to action in the first quarter, not missing a game. ... Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks on Brandon Jennings: "(He) has a chance to be a very, very good point guard in this league. He has to take the next step -- to learn how to defend. That's how you become an elite player, not by having someone else guard your man."

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