Cleveland 114, Brooklyn 85
Date - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:00 PM
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
#44 Eli Roe, #28 Zach Zarba, #24 Mike Callahan
Final Scoring Summary
Pelicans 101, Thunder 89: Tyreke Evans scored a career-high 41 points and contributed nine rebounds and eight assists as New Orleans prevented visiting Oklahoma City from clinching the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.
Evans, a last-minute addition to the starting lineup after missing the previous game with a sore knee, shot 14-for-26, including 13-for-19 from inside the 3-point line for the Pelicans, who avoided a season-long nine-game losing streak. Luke Babbitt added 12 points off the bench and Darius Miller and Alexis Ajinca were the other Pelicans in double figures with 10 points apiece.
Kevin Durant finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Thunder, who rested point guard Russell Westbrook after he played 33 minutes in Sunday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers. Serge Ibaka added 22 points and 16 rebounds and Caron Butler led the reserves with 19 points on 3-for-5 shooting from 3-point range.
With the Pelicans leading by one with just under seven minutes left in the game, they made their move with an 10-3 run that put them up 90-82 with just over four minutes remaining. Babbitt hit a key 3-pointer with 1:46 left to extend the lead to 10 and Oklahoma City was forced to wait at least another day to clinch the No. 2 seed.
The Thunder took their biggest lead of the first half at 41-35 on a 3-pointer by Butler just past the midway point of the second quarter but the Pelicans refused to back away, pulling back within a point at the half. New Orleans and Oklahoma City continued to go back and forth in the third quarter with the Pelicans taking a one-point lead into the fourth.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Oklahoma City can still clinch the No. 2 seed with a win in their regular-season finale Wednesday against visiting Detroit, or a loss by the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday against Denver or Wednesday against Portland. … The Thunder had won their last 10 games against the Pelicans/Hornets. … The Pelicans waived forward Greg Stiemsma earlier Monday and brought back center Melvin Ely.
Top Game Performances
Andray Blatche 20
Tyler Zeller 22
Mason Plumlee 6
Jarrett Jack 9
Andray Blatche 12
Tyler Zeller 11
Andrei Kirilenko 5
||Free Throws Made
Tyler Zeller 4
Andray Blatche 2
Kyrie Irving 3
Andrei Kirilenko 1
Spencer Hawes 2
Team Stats Summary
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