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|The New Orleans Pelicans‘ playoff hopes got a lift from E’Twaun Moore and Anthony Davis’ return to form. Moore scored 30 points Jack Mewhort Jersey , and Davis had 28 points and 12 rebounds to help the Pelicans rout the Memphis Grizzlies 123-95 on Wednesday night.
Davis struggled in the previous two games after twisting an ankle in a loss to Portland on March 27. In subsequent losses to Cleveland and Oklahoma City, he averaged 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds while making 39 percent of his shots. For the season, Davis has averaged 28.1 points and 11.1 rebounds while making 53.5 percent of his shots.
On Wednesday he made 8 of 13 field goals, 11 of 13 free throws and had three blocks and two steals.
”I was trying to get back to how I was playing, get the team back,” Davis said. ”I know they feed off my energy, so I just try to come out with a lot of energy on both ends of the floor and try to lead us to a win. It was fun, but we’ve got to do the same thing next time we play.”
The eighth-place Pelicans ended a season-worst, four-game losing streak and increased their lead over idle Denver to a full game for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Both teams have four games remaining, and Denver has the tiebreaker after winning the season series.
Moore made a career-high seven 3-pointers in 10 attempts. Nikola Mirotic added 25 points, and Jrue Holiday had 15 for New Orleans.
The Pelicans made 16 of 36 3-pointers and the Grizzlies made 10 of 31.
”I thought we did what we needed to tonight,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. ”We got off to a great start. I thought our ball movement was good again. I thought (Davis) was very aggressive at the start of the game. We shot the ball well as a team. We needed to see some 3s go in.”
MarShon Brooks scored 25 points J.T. Miller Jersey , and Ivan Rabb had 16 for the Grizzlies. They have the second-worst record in the NBA.
Davis had 14 points and five rebounds as New Orleans took a 32-23 lead after one quarter.
Moore scored 13 second-quarter points as the Pelicans increased their lead to 65-53 at halftime.
Mirotic scored seven points as New Orleans began the third quarter with an 18-6 run to take command with an 83-59 lead. The Pelicans led by as many as 32 points in the fourth quarter.
”I think they stepped it up,” Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. ”They’re playing with a lot on the line. They understood the importance of this game and how they needed to win. Look at where they are in the standings. This was a must-win basketball game for them. They gave us their best shot.”
Grizzlies: Memphis lost for the 26th time in its last 29 nine games and for the 31st time in its last 34 road games. … The Grizzlies fell behind 10-0 as they failed to score until Dillon Brooks made a jumper with 8:42 left in the first quarter.
Pelicans: Rajon Rondo had a game-high 13 assists. … The Pelicans head out for their final road trip of the regular season, playing their next three games away from home. It’s their first multiple-game road trip in four weeks. … Mirotic replaced Emeka Okafor in the starting lineup. … The Pelicans won at home for the second time against the Grizzlies, who won the two meetings in Memphis.
PELICANS’ CLARK INJURED
Pelicans G Ian Clark, who had emerged as one of the team’s top reserves, left the game for good in the second quarter after injuring his right ankle on a drive to the basket. X-rays were negative and Gentry said more would be known after an MRI on the ankle on Thursday. Clark had scored in double figures in seven of his previous 12 games.
Grizzlies: Memphis hosts Sacramento on Friday.
Pelicans: New Orleans visits Phoenix on Friday.
Eli Manning isn't paying much attention to the NFL draft, even with the possibility of the New York Giants using the No. 2 overall pick to take an heir apparent to the two-time Super Bowl MVP.
Manning doubted that he would watch the first round of the draft on Thursday, saying it wouldn't be hard to find out whether general manager Dave Gettleman either went for a quarterback or opted to take Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, or traded down.
Manning didn't seem to care. He was more concerned with learning Pat Shurmur's offense during a three-day voluntary minicamp, and he was enjoying all the compliments his new head coach was heaping on him.
A day ago, Shurmur called Manning the fittest 37-year-old he has seen. His play was the coach's focus Wednesday.
"This guy's a pro," Shurmur said. "What you noticed about him is you only have to run a play or two Kirk Cousins Jersey Big , and he gets the drill calibrated and he gets his feet right and he makes the throw. I quickly, after being with him one day on the field, see why he's been so successful for so long."
Manning believes Shurmur's offense mixes concepts used by former coaches Tom Coughlin and Ben McAdoo. The verbiage is different.
Shurmur is different, too. He does more coaching on the field than either of his predecessors.
"A lot of times in this time of year you have a few weeks to practice some routes and practice things on the field before you go practice them," Manning said. "This year you're kind of thrown right into the mix and we're kind of learning on the fly a little bit."
There seems to be no doubt that Manning will be running the offense, no matter who the Giants take in the draft coming off a 3-13 season.
"I feel good. I'm moving around well," said Manning, who has 14 years of NFL experience on his resume. "I'm always working on my flexibility and my conditioning and offseason lifting and everything, so I haven't relaxed on that in any sense. I know I need that to kind of keep up with those other guys, but I feel good in that sense and I have to keep it that way."
Manning has spent a lot of the offseason with backup quarterback Davis Webb, lifting, working out and watching videotapes of the offense Shurmur used as the coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings last season.
The draft has more meaning for Webb http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-jack-eichel-jersey , who was taken by the Giants in the third round last year. He never played, so it is hard to evaluate him.
Yet Webb doesn't feel like he has anything to prove.
"All I've got to do is show what I've got and that's up to them," he said. "I try to do the best I can in the meeting rooms, the weight workouts, the practices especially. Just kind of show what I have and let them make a decision. It's out of my control and I'm not really too worried about it, I promise. I just work hard and I know I'm going to get a chance someday."
Webb has a lot of confidence and he has thrown some good passes in the minicamp. He plans to watch the first round of the draft, just to see who the Giants take.
Having played for California, he knows a couple of the highly regarded quarterback in the draft, Sam Darnold of Southern Cal and Josh Rosen of UCLA. He has seen some of them walking around the Giants' headquarters for pre-draft meetings.
"I understand, that's their job. Listen, if I was a GM, I understand Kyle Long Jersey , I'd do the same thing," Webb said. "So, that does not hurt my feelings, I do not care about that. The only thing I worry about is being the best I can be because I know I'm going to get an opportunity in this league and when that comes, I'm going to be ready."
NOTES: ... DT Damon Harrison was not at the minicamp, but he called Shurmur to explain why. ... The coach said he has spoken with absent RT Ereck Flowers, but he did not say what was said.
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