Mar 9, 2014 11:10 PM by Greg Smith
THE FACT: The Pelicans have won three games in a row for just fourth time this season, and the first time since a three-game stretch in late January.
THE LEAD: Anthony Morrow got the New Orleans Pelicans (26-37) to overtime against the Denver Nuggets (27-35) with a clutch 15-foot pull-up jumper with less than a second to play in regulation.
His teammate Anthony Davis got them the 111-107 win with a history-making night.
No player in franchise history had ever scored at least 30 points, come up with at least 15 rebounds and had at least five blocks in a single game. Davis changed that. He also became the youngest player in NBA history to compile those numbers.
The Pelicans' All-Star forward finished with 32 points, 17 rebounds and six blocked shots, none bigger than when he pinned Ty Lawson's game-tying layup attempt against the backboard with 1:14 to play in overtime.
The forward's big block came after his two free-throws gave New Orleans (26-37) a two-point lead. And it led to Tyreke Evans' full-court driving layup that made it a two-possession game.
New Orleans never led by fewer than four points again.
Evans added 20 points while Morrow had 14 off the bench.
Denver nearly escaped with a win after giving up a 13-point fourth-quarter lead. But with six seconds left and the Nuggets (27-35) up by two, Pelicans coach Monty Williams drew up an inbounds play for Eric Gordon and Davis.
Morrow instead got the ball after it was nearly tipped out of bounds. He looked for a 3-pointer to win the game, but Lawson was on him. Instead, he dribbled to the free-throw line and shot the game-tying basket over Lawson.
Kenneth Faried led the Nuggets with 22 points and 14 rebounds while Lawson had 15 points and 12 assists.
QUOTABLE: "He's like Mountain Dew times 10. He's always going. It's something we need on our team. He is always positive and is not afraid to get on guys when that's needed."
-- Pelicans coach Williams on Morrow's energy
THE STAT: 24-for-33 -- New Orleans was able to get to the line for 33 free throws, and made 24. It was the difference in the game as Denver went 20 of 26 from the stripe.
TURNING POINT: The Pelicans trailed by 13 early in the third quarter and just didn't appear to have the energy to keep up with the Nuggets. But Eric Gordon, who went scoreless in the first half, hit a 16-foot jumper less than two minutes into the third quarter and suddenly, New Orleans found its footing. A 30-15 run gave the Pelicans their first lead of the game and kept them in it long enough to force overtime, where they eventually won.
QUOTABLE II: "I was going to set a screen, but I saw him doing all that And-One mixed tape stuff, and I was like, 'All right, let me get out of the way."
-- Davis on Morrow's game-tying shot
HOT: Faried finished the game 9-for-12 from the floor while also grabbing 12 rebounds. In two games against the Pelicans this season, Faried is 14-for-21 from the floor and 23 rebounds.
NOT: The Pelicans can normally count on Gordon to keep them close in the first 24 minutes of games. But he started off 0-for-5 in the first half Sunday and New Orleans trailed by 11 at halftime. Gordon did heat up, finishing the game with
GOOD MOVE: New Orleans' Williams largely plays it safe when players get in foul trouble. But he stayed patient with Davis when the second-year player picked up his third foul in the first 40 seconds of the third quarter. Davis answered by scoring 13 points, blocking three shots and grabbing three rebounds in the third quarter.
NOTABLE: Denver now has allowed an opponent to score at least 100 points in 26 of 32 games since Jan. 1. ... New Orleans' Evans has at least 10 points in all six of his starts, but has 20 points in five straight. That's the longest streak of his career. ... The Pelicans forced 27 Denver turnovers, the most for an opponent against New Orleans this season.
UP NEXT: For the Pelicans, Wednesday vs. Memphis, Friday vs. Portland, Sunday vs. Boston. For the Nuggets, Monday @ Charlotte, Wednesday @ Orlando, Friday @ Miami.