Nightly Grades: Pelicans outlast the Bulls in three overtimes
The Pelicans win in three overtimes in their first game without Anthony Davis, Tim Duncan hits a game-winner, and the Rockets lose a bad one.
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|A||An early contender for Best Game of the Season. The Pelicans eventually held off the Bulls in three overtimes, 131-128 behind 36 from Ryan Anderson and a brilliant set play for the game-winner from Jrue Holiday. No one really deserved to lose this one, but the Pelicans picked up a terrific road win, and are now 9-8 on the season and even without Anthony Davis for a while, proved they've still got some weapons. To go get that one on the second night of a back-to-back, the night after losing Davis... that's big time.|
|A||Welcome the Trail Blazers to the conversation, everyone. After handing the Pacers only their second loss of the season behind 28 points from LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers improved to 15-3 and basically announced their candidacy in the Western Conference.|
|B||With a comfortable win over the Magic, the Wizards are back to .500, and might actually be the third or fourth best team in the East. John Wall's passing was fantastic, Trevor Ariza knocked down shots and as a defensive unit, the Wizards locked up the Magic's strengths. With a winnable game against the Bucks ahead, the Wizards should climb out of their early season hole and get above .500. Unless they pull a Wizards and fall flat.|
|C||They deserve a little recognition for playing a part in that wild game against the Pelicans. They were a defensive breakdown away from sending it to a fourth overtime.|
|D+||Only their second loss of the season, but what has to bug them is failing to close the game, particularly on the defensive end where they allowed 34 fourth quarter points to Portland. Paul George was spectacular though, finishing with 43. Can't win 'em all, especially on the road, but the Pacers still have to feel like they should've gotten this one.|
|F||Down Jeremy Lin, down Chandler Parsons, the Rockets might have had an excuse to lose to the Jazz. Actually no, no they did not. Yes, it was on the road, but any time you lose to a team that was 3-15 coming in, you done bad.|
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