New Orleans Pelicans: Okafor steps up big in win over the Grizzlies

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No Anthony Davis, no problem. The New Orleans Pelicans get a much-needed win in an MLK showdown against the Memphis Grizzlies.

For a city still heartbroken by the result of the NFC Championship game, the New Orleans Pelicans were able to mend a few broken hearts on MLK Day. With Anthony Davis out due to injury, the Pelicans put a show in a 105-85 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, Monday afternoon, in the FedEx Center in Memphis.

Former lottery pick, Jahlil Okafor, had his best game in nearly two years with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

“My teammates were very supportive of me, rooting me on, cheering me on, talking to me on the bench. That made my job real easy,” Okafor said.

Despite the final score, the Pelicans trailed 28-21 after the first quarter. New Orleans shot 6-of-17 from the field and 0-of-7 from behind the arc. However, Okafor went on to score 11 points and five rebounds to give the Pelicans a 54-50 lead heading into the half.

Jrue Holiday and Nikola Mirotic scored 21 points each, as Julius Randle had 20 for New Orleans, snapping a two-game skid.

The Pelicans put the game away in the second half, outscoring Memphis 51-35, including a 13-1 rally late in the third. New Orleans shot 51 percent in the final two quarters and made 8 of 14 from outside the arc after a poor-shooting first half from 3-point range.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies lost six straight and 12 of their last 13 games. Memphis’ guard Mike Conley had a quiet but solid night with 20 points and eight assists in the loss.

Up next, the Pelicans will look to continue their great play at home, Wednesday, against the Detroit Pistons. To stay up to date on all things Pelicans and more, be sure to subscribe to You Can Argue That Sports and receive notifications of new posts and podcasts by email.