Trailing 72-66 heading into the fourth quarter, a young New Orleans Pelicans team staged a furious rally, outscoring the Washington Wizards 27-17 in the final twelve minutes, en route to a 93-89 win Saturday evening.
Washington’s Bradley Beal led all scorers with 30 points to go along with his three rebounds and trio of assists, although turnovers were a concern. Beal turned the ball over six times in 33 minutes of play.
Point guard John Wall continued his impressive preseason, tallying 16 points and dishing out 11 assists – a role he will continue to grow in as the season progresses.
The fourth quarter, which helped New Orleans recover from a third quarter in which it only scored 14 points, was a pivotal test for this youthful roster. Despite the win, the Pelicans turned the ball over 24 times. Washington topped even that, turning it over 27 times in the contest.
Four players on each team scored in double figures, with New Orleans guard Jrue Holiday leading the Pelicans offensively with 19 points to go with his eight assists and eight rebounds. However, he did turn the ball over eight times – which was a high in the game, accounting for a third of New Orleans’ turnovers.
Anthony Davis added 16 points, but pulled down only four rebounds while turning the ball over five times. Eric Gordon also added 16 points in the win.
New Orleans controlled the offensive glass, pulling down a dozen boards compared to just eight by the Wizards.