Ryan Anderson scores 31 as Pelicans nip Knicks

Ryan Anderson scores 31 as Pelicans nip Knicks

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.