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Bazemore hits winning shot, Hawks beat Pelicans 94-93

ATLANTA (AP) With a chance to win the game, Kent Bazemore wasn't the first option for the Atlanta Hawks.

He wound up with the ball - and it worked out just fine.

Bazemore swished a jumper over Anthony Davis with 2.1 seconds remaining and the Hawks rallied from 19 points down to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 94-93 Wednesday, thrilling a sparse crowd on an icy night in Atlanta.

The Hawks wanted to go to Ersan Ilyasova in the corner, but the Pelicans thwarted that play. So Dennis Schroder passed instead to the 6-foot-5 Bazemore, who feigned a drive before pulling up from 18 feet to hit the shot against the 6-10 Davis.

''That's one of my favorite moves,'' Bazemore said. ''It's almost like you're out there by yourself. You can't worry that the guy defending you has like a 7-10 wing span. You've got to rise up and make the shot.''

It was a tough night for Davis, who was held to just eight points on 2-of-8 shooting - one night after scoring 45 points in a big win at Boston.

''We did it by committee,'' Bazemore said. ''We showed him a crowd all night. We made it tough.''

Tied at 92, DeMarcus Cousins drew a blocking foul on rookie John Collins with 13.7 seconds remaining, earning a trip to the foul line. Cousins made only one, giving the Hawks a chance to pull out the victory.

New Orleans had one last chance, inbounding the ball to Cousins near the hoop. He came up short on a quick shot, pleading with the officials for a foul call while the Hawks celebrated.

''The ball movement that we had in the first half wasn't there,'' Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. ''We didn't have enough plays at the end to finish the game.''

Bazemore led the Hawks with 20 points, Collins added 18 and Schroeder had a double-double - 13 points and 15 assists.

Jrue Holiday paced the Pelicans with 22 points, while Cousins had 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Coming off a victory over San Antonio, the Hawks won back-to-back games for only the second time this season and snapped the Pelicans' three-game winning streak.

Atlanta missed seven straight shots during two different stretches in the first quarter and endured another long drought at the beginning of the second, going nearly 5 minutes without a field goal. New Orleans ripped off 12 straight points to erase an early deficit and led three times by 19 before settling for a 60-45 lead at the break.

But the Pelicans made only 3 of 18 shots in a 10-point third period, allowing the Hawks to grab a 71-70 lead heading to the fourth.

WINTER BLUES

The game was played after a winter storm moved through the Deep South, leading most schools and businesses in metro Atlanta to shut down for the day because of treacherous roads. The upper deck wasn't even used, allowing everyone in the estimated turnout of around 5,000 to watch the contest from the lower level.

The announced attendance was 10,894, the smallest crowd of the season at Philips Arena.

The Hawks came into the night ranked last in the league with an average attendance 14,239 - more than 1,300 less per game than the next-lowest team, the Indiana Pacers.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Davis was held below 13 points for only the second time this season. The first came in an October loss at Portland, when he played only 5 minutes and scored two points before leaving with a knee injury. ... New Orleans missed is first eight shots of the second half and finished with a season-low 33 points over the final two quarters. ... Darius Miller made 3 of 4 beyond the arc and ended with 17 points.

Hawks: C Dewayne Dedmon fouled out with 4:48 remaining after grabbing 10 rebounds and helping shut down Davis. ... F Luke Babbitt, who was on the inactive list, hasn't played in five straight games. In fact, he's gotten in only two of the last 13 games after making nine starts early in the season. ... Ilyasova had 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. ... It was Atlanta's biggest comeback of the season. They had rallied from a 17-point deficit in a Nov. 24 victory over the Knicks.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Return home Saturday to face the Memphis Grizzlies.

Hawks: Continue a six-game homestand by hosting the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

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Key Players
D. Cousins
0 C
D. Schroder
17 PG
32.0 Min. Per Game 32.0
20.3 Pts. Per Game 20.3
6.6 Ast. Per Game 6.6
3.0 Reb. Per Game 3.0
46.9 Field Goal % 44.2
47.1 Three Point % 44.5
74.7 Free Throw % 87.6
  Team rebound 0:00
  DeMarcus Cousins missed hook shot 0:00
  Full timeout called 0:02
+ 2 Kent Bazemore made jump shot, assist by Dennis Schroder 0:03
  Personal foul on Jrue Holiday 0:11
  DeMarcus Cousins missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:13
  Defensive rebound by Dennis Schroder 0:13
+ 1 DeMarcus Cousins made 1st of 2 free throws 0:13
  Shooting foul on John Collins 0:13
  Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis 0:30
  Offensive rebound by John Collins 0:30
Team Stats
Points 93 94
Field Goals 35-80 (43.8%) 37-89 (41.6%)
3-Pointers 10-27 (37.0%) 10-40 (25.0%)
Free Throws 13-19 (68.4%) 10-13 (76.9%)
Total Rebounds 56 50
Offensive 9 12
Defensive 34 31
Team 13 7
Assists 27 32
Steals 5 5
Blocks 6 3
Turnovers 12 10
Fouls 20 22
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 14 REB, 7 AST
13 PTS, 3 REB, 15 AST
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away team logo Pelicans 23-21 3228102393
home team logo Hawks 13-31 2520262394
Team Stats
away team logo Pelicans 23-21 110.0 PPG 45.6 RPG 26.9 APG
home team logo Hawks 13-31 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
J. Holiday PG 19.0 PPG 4.5 RPG 6.0 APG 49.4 FG%
K. Bazemore SG 12.9 PPG 3.8 RPG 3.5 APG 42.0 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Holiday PG 22 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
K. Bazemore SG 20 PTS 2 REB 5 AST
43.8 FG% 41.6
37.0 3PT FG% 25.0
68.4 FT% 76.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Holiday 37 22 4 4 0 1 1 3 9/16 2/4 2/3 0 4 34 -4
D. Cousins 35 19 14 7 1 2 5 4 6/17 1/3 6/8 5 9 45 -1
E. Moore 22 12 1 1 1 0 1 3 5/8 2/3 0/0 0 1 15 -2
A. Davis 37 8 7 3 1 2 0 2 2/8 0/0 4/6 1 6 24 -1
R. Rondo 17 3 1 6 0 0 2 1 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 1 14 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Holiday 37 22 4 4 0 1 1 3 9/16 2/4 2/3 0 4 34 -4
D. Cousins 35 19 14 7 1 2 5 4 6/17 1/3 6/8 5 9 45 -1
E. Moore 22 12 1 1 1 0 1 3 5/8 2/3 0/0 0 1 15 -2
A. Davis 37 8 7 3 1 2 0 2 2/8 0/0 4/6 1 6 24 -1
R. Rondo 17 3 1 6 0 0 2 1 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 1 14 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Miller 30 17 3 1 1 0 2 3 7/9 3/4 0/0 0 3 21 +6
I. Clark 25 8 2 1 1 0 1 3 3/8 1/5 1/2 1 1 12 -8
D. Cunningham 22 4 8 0 0 1 0 0 2/6 0/3 0/0 2 6 13 0
J. Nelson 12 0 3 4 0 0 0 1 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 3 11 +5
A. Ajinca - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Asik - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Liggins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Diallo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. James - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 93 43 27 5 6 12 20 35/80 10/27 13/19 9 34 189 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Bazemore 27 20 2 5 1 0 2 3 9/18 1/7 1/1 1 1 31 +1
E. Ilyasova 29 15 7 1 0 0 2 4 6/9 3/4 0/0 2 5 22 +5
D. Schroder 33 13 3 15 2 0 0 2 4/16 3/9 2/2 0 3 48 +2
T. Waller-Prince 36 7 1 1 0 1 1 0 3/9 1/6 0/0 0 1 10 -10
M. Plumlee 14 2 8 0 0 1 1 3 1/3 0/0 0/0 4 4 10 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Bazemore 27 20 2 5 1 0 2 3 9/18 1/7 1/1 1 1 31 +1
E. Ilyasova 29 15 7 1 0 0 2 4 6/9 3/4 0/0 2 5 22 +5
D. Schroder 33 13 3 15 2 0 0 2 4/16 3/9 2/2 0 3 48 +2
T. Waller-Prince 36 7 1 1 0 1 1 0 3/9 1/6 0/0 0 1 10 -10
M. Plumlee 14 2 8 0 0 1 1 3 1/3 0/0 0/0 4 4 10 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Collins 26 18 5 1 0 1 0 2 7/8 0/0 4/4 1 4 26 +2
M. Belinelli 23 8 3 4 1 0 0 0 3/7 1/5 1/2 2 1 20 +13
M. Delaney 16 7 2 2 0 0 3 1 2/5 1/2 2/4 0 2 10 +4
D. Dedmon 20 4 10 3 1 0 1 6 2/9 0/3 0/0 2 8 20 +6
T. Cavanaugh 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 1 1 -7
T. Dorsey 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 1 1 -5
L. Babbitt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Muscala - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bembry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Taylor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Magette - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 94 43 32 5 3 10 22 37/89 10/40 10/13 12 31 199 +5