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Pelicans send Cavaliers to 9th straight loss, 133-98

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers coach Larry Drew hoped a team meeting following a blowout loss a night earlier would move his struggling team in a positive direction.

Instead, Cleveland's ninth straight loss was its most lopsided of the season.

Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle both scored 22 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans routed the Cavaliers 133-98 on Saturday.

The defeat came a night after Drew and his players had a long talk following a 26-point loss to Utah. Cleveland (8-32) not only has the worst record in the league, but hasn't played competitive basketball during most of the losing streak.

''We knew they played last night, so for us, we wanted to get out and run more to get them tired,'' said Pelicans star Anthony Davis, who didn't play in the fourth quarter. ''We know they've been struggling in third quarters, so we went out hard.''

The Cavaliers have lost six straight at home by a total of 141 points. The last five defeats have been by 20 or more points, an NBA record.

Drew benched four starters when New Orleans began the third quarter with a 15-0 run, which likely will lead to lineup changes when Cleveland hosts Indiana on Tuesday.

''We can't continue to go at this rate,'' Drew said. ''I refuse to. It's important these guys understand that, one, this is not acceptable and, two, I'm not going to let this continue at this pace. I've got to do something different.''

Center Tristan Thompson has gone from playing on a team that reached four straight NBA Finals to one that seems to get blown out every night.

''It definitely tests your character,'' he said. ''If you love the game and you care about being a competitor, you're going to hate times like this. You're going to have sleepless nights and it's gong to mess with you.''

Davis had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Randle had 12 rebounds and six Pelicans scored in double figures.

''Our offense was really good and our defense was really good,'' coach Alvin Gentry said. ''When you're running on misses, not makes, it makes a big difference for your offense.''

Jordan Clarkson led Cleveland with 23 points. Rookie Collin Sexton and Jalen Jones both had 15.

New Orleans' third-quarter run pushed the lead to 76-52, and Larry Nance Jr. was the only Cleveland starter who remained on the floor. The margin grew throughout the second half and reached 39 points at 132-93 in the last two minutes.

Davis set a franchise record with 26 rebounds and scored a game-high 34 points in Wednesday's loss to Brooklyn. Nance and Thompson each picked up two fouls in the first eight minutes trying to defend the All-Star forward. Channing Frye, who had played in only 18 games, came off the bench and also fouled Davis.

New Orleans broke away from a 28-all tie with Davis getting a rest. Holiday had nine points in the quarter and Randle added seven, helping the Pelicans build a 61-52 halftime lead.

Cleveland's injury problems have been a major factor in its season-long struggles. All-Star forward Kevin Love has started some basketball activities after surgery on his left foot in November, but there's no timetable for his return.

Rodney Hood (sore left Achilles) and Matthew Dellavedova (sprained left foot) were out Saturday. Hood played the last two games after missing three in a row. Dellavedova didn't play Friday.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: New Orleans broke a six-game road losing streak and is 5-16 away from home. ... C Nikola Mirotic (right ankle) sat out his 11th straight game.

Cavaliers: Sexton appeared to injure his left arm after being knocked to the floor in a collision with Holiday in the second quarter, but stayed in the game. ... C Ante Zizic (sore right knee) and G David Nwaba (sprained left ankle) are also out with injuries.

TAKE A SEAT

Sexton, Thompson, Cedi Osman and Alec Burks were all benched during New Orleans' big run to start the third. The four returned later in the quarter.

''If you lose by 40 two games in a row, you might as well make a change and switch things,'' Thompson said. ''It's worth a shot.''

BIG NIGHT

Randle barely fell short of a triple-double with eight assists. The Pelicans shot 58 percent while holding Cleveland to 36-of-88 shooting.

''This was really good for us, a win like this,'' Randle said. ''I like what we were doing on the defensive end.''

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Host Memphis on Monday.

Cavaliers: Host Indiana on Tuesday.

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Key Players
A. Davis
23 PF
T. Thompson
13 C
30.0 Min. Per Game 30.0
11.9 Pts. Per Game 11.9
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
11.3 Reb. Per Game 11.3
50.6 Field Goal % 54.1
50.4 Three Point % 54.2
80.3 Free Throw % 63.6
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:01
+ 3 Channing Frye made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cedi Osman 0:01
  Bad pass turnover on Jalen Jones, stolen by Frank Jackson 0:26
  Bad pass turnover on Jalen Jones, stolen by Frank Jackson 0:26
+ 1 Cheick Diallo made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:45
  NO team rebound 0:45
  Cheick Diallo missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:45
  Shooting foul on Channing Frye 0:45
  Ian Clark missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:47
+ 2 Jalen Jones made jump shot, assist by Cedi Osman 0:59
  Lost ball turnover on Cheick Diallo, stolen by Jalen Jones 1:16
Team Stats
Points 133 98
Field Goals 47-81 (58.0%) 36-88 (40.9%)
3-Pointers 14-27 (51.9%) 12-33 (36.4%)
Free Throws 25-29 (86.2%) 14-18 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 50 44
Offensive 10 10
Defensive 34 24
Team 6 10
Assists 29 22
Steals 13 12
Blocks 7 3
Turnovers 14 17
Fouls 18 23
Technicals 1 1
22 PTS, 12 REB, 8 AST
23 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Pelicans 18-22 28333735133
home team logo Cavaliers 8-32 2626202698
Team Stats
away team logo Pelicans 18-22 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Cavaliers 8-32 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
J. Randle PF PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Clarkson PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Randle PF 22 PTS 12 REB 8 AST
J. Clarkson PG 23 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
58.0 FG% 40.9
51.9 3PT FG% 36.4
86.2 FT% 77.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Holiday 22 5 3 9/13 4/6 0/0 1 26 2 1 0 2 3 +24 36
J. Randle 22 12 8 8/14 1/3 5/5 1 32 1 0 2 2 10 +28 49
A. Davis 20 10 3 6/12 0/2 8/10 3 28 4 2 1 3 7 +19 41
E. Payton 13 0 3 5/8 1/1 2/2 2 23 2 0 2 0 0 +22 19
E. Moore 10 1 3 3/6 1/3 3/3 0 27 2 0 2 0 1 +24 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Holiday 22 5 3 9/13 4/6 0/0 1 26 2 1 0 2 3 +24 36
J. Randle 22 12 8 8/14 1/3 5/5 1 32 1 0 2 2 10 +28 49
A. Davis 20 10 3 6/12 0/2 8/10 3 28 4 2 1 3 7 +19 41
E. Payton 13 0 3 5/8 1/1 2/2 2 23 2 0 2 0 0 +22 19
E. Moore 10 1 3 3/6 1/3 3/3 0 27 2 0 2 0 1 +24 17
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Miller 14 1 1 4/6 4/5 2/3 2 22 1 0 1 0 1 +11 17
J. Okafor 10 4 1 3/5 0/0 4/4 3 19 0 2 0 1 3 +16 18
I. Clark 8 2 1 3/5 2/3 0/0 0 7 0 1 1 0 2 +5 12
F. Jackson 6 5 3 3/8 0/2 0/0 3 18 1 0 1 1 4 +9 17
C. Diallo 5 3 0 2/2 0/0 1/2 1 8 0 0 1 1 2 +4 7
T. Frazier 3 1 3 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 19 0 1 2 0 1 +9 9
S. Hill 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 1 0 0 +4 -1
W. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Mirotic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bluiett - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 133 44 29 47/81 14/27 25/29 18 233 13 7 14 10 34 +175 241
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Sexton 15 3 2 5/12 2/5 3/4 2 30 0 0 3 1 2 -30 19
C. Osman 13 1 5 5/12 2/4 1/1 5 32 3 0 3 0 1 -32 24
T. Thompson 10 11 2 4/8 0/0 2/2 4 26 2 1 1 2 9 -20 27
A. Burks 8 3 6 2/9 2/6 2/2 2 35 1 0 1 1 2 -24 23
L. Nance Jr. 6 6 2 2/7 0/1 2/2 3 25 1 0 2 3 3 -23 15
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Sexton 15 3 2 5/12 2/5 3/4 2 30 0 0 3 1 2 -30 19
C. Osman 13 1 5 5/12 2/4 1/1 5 32 3 0 3 0 1 -32 24
T. Thompson 10 11 2 4/8 0/0 2/2 4 26 2 1 1 2 9 -20 27
A. Burks 8 3 6 2/9 2/6 2/2 2 35 1 0 1 1 2 -24 23
L. Nance Jr. 6 6 2 2/7 0/1 2/2 3 25 1 0 2 3 3 -23 15
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Clarkson 23 4 3 8/17 3/6 4/5 0 24 1 1 2 1 3 -9 33
J. Jones 15 5 0 7/13 1/4 0/2 1 27 3 0 4 2 3 -14 19
C. Frye 8 0 2 3/8 2/5 0/0 5 19 0 1 1 0 0 -13 12
P. McCaw 0 1 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 16 1 0 0 0 1 -10 2
K. Love - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dellavedova - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zizic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Nwaba - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Blossomgame - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 98 34 22 36/88 12/33 14/18 23 234 12 3 17 10 24 -175 174