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Holiday scores 29, Pelicans beat Nuggets 120-112

DENVER (AP) After falling into a big deficit in the first half, the New Orleans Pelicans had to play their way out of their early struggles.

Jrue Holiday scored 29 points, Julius Randle had 28 and the Pelicans rallied from 19 points down to beat the Denver Nuggets 120-112 on Saturday night.

Frank Jackson added 16 points for New Orleans, which was without Anthony Davis (rest) and E'Twaun Moore (thigh).

''We were just the hardest playing team, both offensively and defensively,'' Jackson said. ''We were able to get stops, we shared the ball well, we fed off our leaders' energy.''

It also helped that they sent Denver's best player to bench with early foul trouble. Nikola Jokic finished with 20 points but was limited to 6:23 in the first half when he accumulated three fouls, including two in the opening minutes.

''We got him in foul trouble and if he's not on the floor he can't score,'' New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. ''Even in limited minutes, he gets 20 points. He's a great, great player, a terrific player. We did about as good a job as you're going to do on him from the standpoint of not allowing him to be a facilitator.''

Jokic wound up playing for 21:34 in the game.

''Yeah, it's always nice if you can have your best player on the floor for more than 21 minutes,'' Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. ''That's back to back games where he has been in foul trouble. We have to avoid that because Nikola on the bench does not help us in any way, shape or form.''

Jamal Murray also had 20 points for Denver. It was the biggest blown lead of the season for the Nuggets, who have lost consecutive home games for the first time since early November. They lost 111-104 to Utah on Thursday night.

''We let other factors affect us,'' Jokic said. ''We let them take control of the game. We had the lead and were playing good defense. Then, we kind of relaxed and they used that against us.''

New Orleans took a 111-102 lead with 7:12 remaining on a 3-pointer by Holiday. Denver fought back within five points with just under a minute remaining but a turnover by Gary Harris denied the Nuggets a chance to get closer. Holiday, who had stolen the ball from Harris, converted a three-point play on the other end with 20.6 seconds left to play to seal the win for the Pelicans.

''I thought he was going to shoot the 3. I felt like they needed a 3 and when he kept going I felt like he had me beat so I tried to let him slide by and once he exposed the ball, get a hand in there,'' Holiday said of his late-game steal.

The Pelicans used a 13-2 run to take an 82-81 lead, their first since the game's opening moments, on Holiday's layup with 7:03 left in the third quarter. New Orleans led 96-93 going into the fourth on Cheick Diallo's dunk in the final moments of the third off Elfrid Payton's alley oop pass over a Denver defense that was slow to get back against a New Orleans fast-break.

The Nuggets led by 19 points early in the second quarter but settled for a 71-67 lead at the half. After Isaiah Thomas hit a 10-foot floating jumper to put Denver up 49-30, New Orleans outscored the Nuggets 37-22 over a nearly 10-minute stretch during a 40-point second quarter to get back in the game. It was the eighth time this season the Pelicans have scored 40 or more points in a quarter.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: F/C Davis was given the night off. Gentry said before the game that Davis was dealing with a bit of the flu. ... G E'Twaun Moore was held out of the game with a thigh issue. ... G Dairis Bertans has been signed out of the EuroLeague.

Nuggets: F Trey Lyles remains sidelined by a left hamstring strain. He has missed the last five games.

NEXT

Pelicans: At Utah on Monday night

Nuggets: At San Antonio on Monday night to open a three-game trip.

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Key Players
J. Holiday
11 PG
N. Jokic
15 C
31.5 Min. Per Game 31.5
20.6 Pts. Per Game 20.6
7.7 Ast. Per Game 7.7
10.8 Reb. Per Game 10.8
47.1 Field Goal % 50.2
47.1 Three Point % 50.0
76.6 Free Throw % 84.4
  Defensive rebound by Darius Miller 0:15
  3-pt. jump shot 0:18
+ 1 Jrue Holiday made free throw 0:20
  Shooting foul on Jamal Murray 0:20
+ 2 Jrue Holiday made driving layup 0:20
  Lost ball turnover on Gary Harris, stolen by Jrue Holiday 0:27
  Defensive rebound by Will Barton 0:31
+ 1 Nikola Jokic made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:52
  Nikola Jokic missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:52
  Shooting foul on Jrue Holiday 0:52
  Offensive rebound by Nikola Jokic 0:52
Team Stats
Points 120 112
Field Goals 45-92 (48.9%) 39-92 (42.4%)
3-Pointers 12-30 (40.0%) 9-32 (28.1%)
Free Throws 18-26 (69.2%) 25-29 (86.2%)
Total Rebounds 58 54
Offensive 12 10
Defensive 35 34
Team 11 10
Assists 28 25
Steals 10 13
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 21 16
Fouls 25 22
Technicals 0 3
28 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
20 PTS, 9 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Pelicans 29-36 27402924120
home team logo Nuggets 42-20 39322219112
Team Stats
away team logo Pelicans 29-36 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Nuggets 42-20 109.1 PPG 47.7 RPG 24.0 APG
Key Players
J. Holiday PG 21.2 PPG 5.0 RPG 7.7 APG 47.2 FG%
N. Jokic C 20.1 PPG 10.8 RPG 7.3 APG 51.1 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Holiday PG 29 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
N. Jokic C 20 PTS 9 REB 7 AST
48.9 FG% 42.4
40.0 3PT FG% 28.1
69.2 FT% 86.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Holiday 29 3 5 10/23 4/9 5/5 3 34 3 1 6 0 3 +15 40
J. Randle 28 10 4 10/20 3/6 5/10 4 37 1 1 2 4 6 +10 46
J. Okafor 10 2 1 5/9 0/0 0/1 2 23 0 1 3 1 1 -5 12
E. Payton 8 7 10 3/9 0/2 2/4 2 32 0 0 2 2 5 -10 33
K. Williams 7 5 0 3/7 1/5 0/0 2 29 2 0 1 4 1 -10 13
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Holiday 29 3 5 10/23 4/9 5/5 3 34 3 1 6 0 3 +15 40
J. Randle 28 10 4 10/20 3/6 5/10 4 37 1 1 2 4 6 +10 46
J. Okafor 10 2 1 5/9 0/0 0/1 2 23 0 1 3 1 1 -5 12
E. Payton 8 7 10 3/9 0/2 2/4 2 32 0 0 2 2 5 -10 33
K. Williams 7 5 0 3/7 1/5 0/0 2 29 2 0 1 4 1 -10 13
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
F. Jackson 16 7 2 6/10 2/4 2/2 1 26 0 0 2 0 7 +6 25
C. Diallo 12 10 1 6/9 0/0 0/0 5 21 2 1 3 1 9 +13 24
D. Miller 10 1 3 2/5 2/4 4/4 4 27 1 0 1 0 1 +16 17
I. Clark 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 3 1 0 1 0 1 +7 1
S. Johnson 0 1 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 -2 5
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bluiett - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bertans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 120 47 28 45/92 12/30 18/26 25 235 10 4 21 12 35 +40 216
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Jokic 20 9 7 7/11 1/2 5/6 4 21 2 2 2 4 5 +6 45
J. Murray 20 3 4 5/15 1/7 9/9 2 31 1 0 1 2 1 -1 31
P. Millsap 16 7 2 4/8 2/4 6/9 3 36 5 2 2 0 7 -11 32
W. Barton 8 8 3 3/11 2/6 0/0 1 32 1 1 4 1 7 -4 20
G. Harris 8 0 2 3/9 1/3 1/1 1 25 1 1 3 0 0 +3 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Jokic 20 9 7 7/11 1/2 5/6 4 21 2 2 2 4 5 +6 45
J. Murray 20 3 4 5/15 1/7 9/9 2 31 1 0 1 2 1 -1 31
P. Millsap 16 7 2 4/8 2/4 6/9 3 36 5 2 2 0 7 -11 32
W. Barton 8 8 3 3/11 2/6 0/0 1 32 1 1 4 1 7 -4 20
G. Harris 8 0 2 3/9 1/3 1/1 1 25 1 1 3 0 0 +3 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Plumlee 14 9 3 6/6 0/0 2/2 4 24 0 1 1 1 8 -13 29
I. Thomas 12 1 0 5/14 0/3 2/2 2 15 1 0 1 1 0 -4 13
M. Beasley 8 3 1 3/9 2/4 0/0 1 22 1 0 0 1 2 -11 14
M. Morris 6 3 2 3/6 0/1 0/0 3 16 1 0 1 0 3 -7 13
J. Hernangomez 0 1 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 11 0 0 1 0 1 -1 2
T. Craig 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 +3 0
B. Goodwin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lyles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Welsh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Vanderbilt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 112 44 25 39/92 9/32 25/29 22 234 13 7 16 10 34 -40 210