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Postby miaowang123 » 03 Jan 2019, 02:44

NEW ORLEANS - Tyreke Evans wasnt about to let his recent shooting slump limit his aggression. Certainly not with the reeling New York Knicks in town.Evans scored 27 points, Anthony Davis added 18, and the New Orleans Pelicans dropped the Knicks to their ninth straight loss, 104-93 on Tuesday night.I knew it was going to come, said Evans, who shot 33 per cent during his previous three games, but made 11 of 15 shots against New York. A few games (were) sluggish, but I felt good tonight just attacking the basket, staying with it and staying aggressive.Omer Asik had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 13 points for New Orleans (10-10), which won its second straight to pull back to .500.Amare Stoudemire scored a season-high 26 points and blocked five shots. Carmelo Anthony had 17 points for New York, which kept the game close into the fourth quarter before fading down the stretch, as the Knicks have done often this season.We battled. I keep saying that but we did battle tonight, Stoudemire said. We let that game slip away. We had a chance to win. We should have won the game. It seems to be a broken record after every game, but weve just got to be mindful of wanting to win and playing to win. We cant play not to lose.Pablo Prigioni scored 17 for the Knicks, who fell to 4-19 with what was also their 10th straight road loss.No team has more losses than the Knicks. Only Detroit has as many. There were even some fans in Knicks jerseys wearing brown paper grocery bags over their heads, as fans of the Aints once did in the Superdome next door when the Saints were at their worst.I could never imagine that coming into this season, Anthony said. Its hard to believe it at this point.Anthony attempted only 11 shots, fewer than usual, but said he could not take more with the Pelicans routinely throwing double- and even triple-teams at him.Evans scored eight points in the last 3:05 to keep the Knicks at bay. He began his decisive surge with a layup to finish off a fast break that began when Davis swatted away J.R. Smiths driving shot in the paint.That was the last of three crowd-pleasing blocks for Davis, who also cleanly disrupted Samuel Dalemberts dunk attempt from behind the Knicks reserve centre.We just know we wanted to get this win and get back to .500, Davis said. It kind of was a must-win for us, but at the same time we just stuck with our principles and tried to play hard.New York was as close as 77-73 after Smiths 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter. Then New Orleans scored the first six points of the fourth quarter on Holidays three-point play as he was fouled on a drive by Stoudemire, and Austin Rivers 3-pointer.The Pelicans shot 50 per cent (40 of 80) and dominated the interior, handily outrebounding New York, 43-30, and outscoring the Knicks 54-40 in the paint.You just shake your head at that, Anthony said. That was the game right there, points in the paint.New York attempted only 13 free throws and made 10, while the Pelicans were 20 of 26 on free throws.TIP-INSKnicks: New York had won its previous five games in New Orleans. ... The Knicks, who play Wednesday night in San Antonio, are 0-6 on the front end of back-to-back games.Pelicans: Davis was assessed a flagrant foul in the first half for elbowing Smith near his throat in the second quarter. Smith made one of the two free throws to give New York a 43-42 lead. ... New Orleans hadnt won consecutive games since beating the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 12 and Minnesota on Nov. 14. ... The Pelicans are 6-2 at home.AILING ANTHONYAnthony said a left knee injury that has been bothering him much of this season isnt getting better and hes not sure yet whether itll ultimately cause him to sit out more games, perhaps as early as Wednesday night in San Antonio.At this point its a matter of evaluating it and see. Some days are better than others, Anthony said. At this point its just a matter of sitting down with the training staff and coaches and seeing whats best for everybody. ... Theyre going to have to pull me out because Im not going to make that decision.UP NEXTKnicks: Visit San Antonio on Wednesday.Pelicans: Visit Dallas on Wednesday. Bobby Hebert Jersey .com) - Carmelo Anthony tallied 31 points to help the New York Knicks continue their improved play of late with a 100-92 victory over a short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder squad. Thomas Morstead Jersey . Lack made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Canucks blanked the St. Louis Blues 1-0 in the first post-Olympic game for both teams night. . -- Creighton apparently has Villanovas number. Alvin Kamara Jersey . -- Arizona pitcher Bronson Arroyo is expected to miss a week to 10 days because of a back injury. Benjamin Watson Jersey .That means, of course, that John Wall beat the Spurs for the first time ever — within weeks of his first wins in head-to-head games against nemeses Chris Paul and Derrick Rose.Its no secret within the locker room that several members of the Vancouver Whitecaps love to dance. Youll have seen some quality evidence during the wildly successful campaign that surrounded their 40-year, 70s themed anniversary match in May. There have also been some impromptu dance parties involving the Latin-based players grooving to their preferred music sometimes in makeshift dance-halls, like a hotel business centre. So perhaps its appropriate that the Whitecaps as a team prefer a willing, and similarly skilled, dance partner when they pair up on weekends. The proof comes in the form of victories over New York, Houston, Portland, Columbus, Seattle and most recently, Kansas City. The common thread amongst those teams; their own desire to get forward and play. Conversely, teams like Chivas, Chicago and Montreal, ones that didnt appear in the mood to tango, obviously tripped up the Whitecaps rhythm. You could argue that those teams are equally devoid of a midfield maestro; the guy who can dictate tempo. Its an issue that could rear its head this Saturday in Los Angeles when Carl Robinsons young team visits the "Goats." One would think that teams without a dominant middle third would be over-run by the likes of Pedro Morales, Gershon Koffie and Mattias Laba. But thats not the way the story has unfolded for much of 2014. Midfield was where the Whitecaps ultimately won their seventh game against the likes of KCs talented Benny Feilhaber and Honduran World Cup participant Jorge Claros. It was Morales who dropped deep to accept the ball before launching what turned into the 17th minute own goal. Then 23 miinutes later, Labas foresight led to the perfectly executed counter that finished with Darren Mattocks slotting home from 18 yards.dddddddddddd But when Robinsons group is in the mood to hustle while the opponent wants to waltz, it puts a lot of pressure on the leader to freestyle. Morales would benefit greatly from the occasional bounce (as he did on Sunday) or the odd goal from a corner or free kick. They lost their dead ball specialist and proven poacher in the off-season, but in new centreback signing Kendall Waston, the Caps may have found a partial solution. The towering Tico has, by Costa Rican League standards, a simply outstanding goal scoring record. He is difficult to defend on dead ball opportunities, and will potentially remedy an area the Whitecaps have been deficient in since joining MLS. (Vancouver has just three goals from its centre backs in its 3+ year history). He will also aid in preventing those same types of goals from occuring in his own penalty area, where the Whitecaps have also been vulnerable. (Remember the late stages of the Amway Canadian Championship second leg vs Montreal, or the early second half of this years Chivas home game?) Look back since 2011 and its shocking how many points have been erased from those types of goals. Having someone whos willing to take the lead in either box like Waston might help the Whitecaps finally convert even a fraction of the dead ball chances theyve been creating. In doing so, opponents will be forced to drop their attacking inhibitions more often and join the dance party. Which is precisely when the Whitecaps seem to put their best foot forward. 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