The New Orleans Pelicans pulled off an improbable and intensely entertaining 115-100 beatdown of the Atlanta Hawks Monday night at the Smoothie King Center.
Atlanta, who had come into the game on a 19-game winning streak (the 5th-longest in NBA history), seemed out of sorts from the midpoint of the first quarter, missing easy shots and struggling to contain an energized Pelicans team.
The New Orleans Pelicans unveiled a new ad campaign on Tuesday, riffing on the hilarious, iconic Frankie & Johnny’s “Special Man” commercials from the 1980s.
The commercial — starring Ryan Anderson, Tyreke Evans, and Anthony Davis — is promoting a new three-game discounted ticket plan. Fans can purchase three-game packages of tickets to any game for $24 a seat.
Davis fills the role of the eponymous, cigar-smoking Special Man, originally played by Lester Love, Sr., a salesman at the furniture store who passed away in 2001.
Anthony Davis, the third-year phenom making his way to his second All-Star Game, scored 32 points and collected 10 rebounds, leading the New Orleans Pelicans in a 99-74 thrashing of the Philadelphia 76ers at the Smoothie King Center.
It was the twelfth time this season Davis had scored at least 30 points in a game, and was his 26th double-double of 2014-15.
The New Orleans Pelicans have completed a three-team trade that has been in the works all this weekend, sending Austin Rivers to the Boston Celtics and Russ Smith to the Memphis Grizzlies.
In return, New Orleans has received forward Quincy Pondexter and a future second-round draft pick from the Grizzlies.
Pondexter started his career in New Orleans, appearing in 66 games during the 2010-11 season. That year the then-Hornets went 46-36 and made the playoffs, but were eliminated in the first round in six games by the Los Angeles Lakers.
The woeful Buccaneers looked like they were going to beat the Saints on Sunday. But New Orleans came back to take the lead with just under two minutes to play. Junior Galette added a sack for a safety to seal the deal.
New Orleans finished the season with a four-game winning streak on the road.
The Saints’ 7-9 record tied their other two lows in the Sean Payton era: 2007, and 2012 — the Bountygate year.
Louisiana Tech won the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Friday.
Call it a bad game and great victory for Louisiana Tech.
The Bulldogs used big plays to make up for an uneven overall effort to take a 35-18 victory over Illinois at the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26. Louisiana Tech finished the season 9-5 overall, while the Fighting Illini dropped to 6-7.