A few takeaways from the Atlanta Hawks victory against the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Pelicans led 66-65 at halftime, but the Atlanta Hawks quickly turned the tables when Anthony Davis sat for much of the second half. The Hawks went on a strong 12-0 run to close out the 3rd quarter, and from there the Pelicans really had no answers.
The depleted Pels were without brilliant point guard Jrue Holiday for the entirety of this game, as he was out due to a lower abdominal strain – which will keep him out for 7-10 days.
Without those two star players, the Pelicans had very little resistance as well as a fairly unimpressive scoring squad. The Pelicans were led on the night in scoring by Julius Randle, who canned 4 three-pointers on the way to 23 points, and rookie Frank Jackson, who notched 23 points on a solid 10 of 18 shooting.
Beyond that, Elfrid Payton continues to enjoy individual success against the Atlanta Hawks, as he logged a 15-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple-double against his former division rival. However, on this night, he was overshadowed by the brilliant individual efforts from the Atlanta Hawks.
Let’s look at some takeaways from this one.