NBA: Holiday, Randle power Pelicans past Jazz

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Posted at Mar 05 2019 02:28 PM

Julius Randle #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots the ball against the Utah Jazz on March 4, 2019 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Melissa Majchrzak, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle each scored 30 points to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 115-112 victory over the host Utah Jazz on Monday night.

Anthony Davis totaled 15 points and 11 rebounds in only three quarters for the Pelicans. Davis did not play the entire fourth quarter.

New Orleans still won its third straight game after scoring 21 points off 18 Utah turnovers.

Jae Crowder and Kyle Korver totaled 20 points apiece off the bench to lead Utah. Rudy Gobert scored 19 points and collected 19 rebounds and Donovan Mitchell added 19 points with nine assists.

Utah rallied from a six-point deficit and took a 112-111 lead on a layup from Mitchell with 43.9 seconds left. Elfrid Payton answered with a layup on the other end and Randle hit two free throws with 0.9 seconds remaining to close out a comeback win for New Orleans.

Utah started strong on offense in the first quarter. The Jazz hit 10 of their first 15 shots and shot 50 percent from the field in the quarter overall.

It helped Utah race out to a 12-2 lead behind back-to-back baskets from Gobert and a three-point play from Mitchell.

New Orleans closed the gap thanks to the efforts of Holiday. He scored 10 points in the quarter. Holiday hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cut Utah's lead to 17-15.

The Pelicans couldn't get any closer, and the Jazz eventually created some breathing room behind Korver's hot perimeter shooting.

He made four 3-pointers in the first half. His final one, part of a four-point play, sparked a 16-5 run that gave Utah a 58-41 lead.

New Orleans rallied again in the third quarter. The Pelicans cut the deficit to 78-77 after scoring baskets on seven straight possessions, capped by a dunk from Randle.

Davis missed a go-ahead layup, though, and 3-pointers from Crowder and Korver on the other end finally put an end to the rally.

The Pelicans didn't give up. Randle sparked a 22-2 fourth quarter run with back-to-back baskets. New Orleans finished off the run by scoring on six straight possessions, capped by a Randle layup, and took a 111-105 lead. Randle made five baskets during the run.

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