Jonas Valanciunas drops double-double to lift Pelicans past Knicks

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Antigoni Zachari

21/Jan/22 10:33

Eurohoops.net

Jonas Valanciunas came out strong to help the New Orleans Pelicans bounce back and beat the New York Knicks

By Eurohoops team / info@eurohoops.net

Jonas Valanciunas helped the New Orleans Pelicans snap a two-game skid to beat the New York Knicks 102-91 on the road Thursday. The Lithuanian big dropped a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead all scorers of the game.

The Pelicans were without Brandon Ingram in the fourth quarter, as he had to exit the game with a minor ankle injury. Per ESPN reports, there are no plans for an MRI at the moment. Ingram had 15 points and 6 assists prior to exiting the court.

Mitchell Robinson and RJ Barrett both had 17 points to lead the Knicks, that have now lost their third straight game.

Luka Doncic neared triple-double figures with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, though he couldn’t lift the Dallas Mavericks to their fifth straight win, as Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns got past with a 109-101 win on the road.

Booker had 28 points for the Suns that extended their winning streak to five games, Chris Paul had a double-double with 20 points and 11 assists and Jae Crowder dropped 13 points.

Jalen Brunson added 19 points for the Mavs, while Kristaps Porzingis had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

The undermanned Indiana Pacers held their ground to beat the Golden State Warriors with a 121-117 overtime victory on the road, their second in a row.

With Domantas Sabonis sidelined with an ankle injury (expected to miss several games), Chris Duarte took charge with 27 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Pacers to win. Justin Holiday tapped 16 points for the visitors and Georgian big man Goga Bitadze added 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

Stephen Curry’s 39-point feast fell short for the Warriors, that have now lost four of their last six games. Klay Thompson had 12 points for the hosts and Andrew Wiggins left the court with 11 points.

NBA January 20 results:

New York Knicks – New Orleans Pelicans 91-102
Dallas Mavericks – Phoenix Suns 101-109
Golden State Warriors – Indiana Pacers 117-121 (OT)

NBA standings:

Eastern Conference
TEAM W L WIN% GB CONF DIV HOME ROAD OT LAST 10 STREAK
28 15 .651 19-9 6-2 16-6 12-9 0-0 5-5 W 1
29 16 .644 19-8 8-1 15-5 14-11 0-2 7-3 W 2
28 16 .636 0.5 20-9 6-1 12-11 16-5 2-0 5-5 W 1
28 19 .596 2 18-15 6-2 15-8 13-11 0-2 4-6 W 1
26 18 .591 2.5 17-12 4-6 10-9 16-9 1-1 8-2 W 1
27 19 .587 2.5 15-10 4-2 12-9 15-10 0-0 7-3 L 1
25 20 .556 4 17-10 5-4 12-6 13-14 0-4 7-3 W 2
23 22 .511 6 16-14 6-5 13-9 10-13 3-0 5-5 L 1
23 23 .500 6.5 16-13 5-6 15-9 8-14 4-2 6-4 L 1
21 21 .500 6.5 13-13 5-5 12-11 9-10 0-1 6-4 L 2

11. New York Knicks

22 24 .478 7.5 14-18 4-6 11-14 11-10 1-0 5-5 L 3
19 25 .432 9.5 11-15 4-5 10-11 9-14 0-0 4-6 W 2

13. Indiana Pacers

17 29 .370 12.5 8-22 2-7 12-12 5-17 2-3 3-7 W 2
11 33 .250 17.5 7-19 2-7 7-14 4-19 1-1 5-5 W 1
8 38 .174 21.5 5-28 2-10 2-16 6-22 0-1 1-9 L 3
Western Conference
TEAM W L WIN% GB CONF DIV HOME ROAD OT LAST 10 STREAK

1. Phoenix Suns

35 9 .795 22-7 5-4 17-5 18-4 1-0 8-2 W 5

2. Golden State Warriors

32 13 .711 3.5 16-8 7-1 19-4 13-9 0-2 4-6 L 1
31 16 .660 5.5 23-10 4-3 17-9 14-7 2-0 8-2 L 1

4. Utah Jazz

29 16 .644 6.5 19-6 10-0 14-9 15-7 0-0 3-7 L 2

5. Dallas Mavericks

26 20 .565 10 20-11 9-2 14-9 12-11 1-1 8-2 L 1
23 20 .535 11.5 16-13 4-6 12-8 11-12 2-0 6-4 W 1
22 23 .489 13.5 16-15 4-4 12-10 10-13 1-1 6-4 L 1
22 23 .489 13.5 13-16 2-6 15-12 7-11 5-1 5-5 L 1

9. LA Clippers

22 24 .478 14 13-20 3-5 15-12 7-12 0-2 4-6 L 1
18 26 .409 17 8-19 1-5 14-11 4-15 0-1 5-5 L 1
18 29 .383 18.5 13-20 5-6 12-16 6-13 1-0 3-7 L 2
17 28 .378 18.5 10-17 1-5 9-13 8-15 0-3 3-7 W 1

13. New Orleans Pelicans

17 28 .378 18.5 11-16 2-4 10-11 7-17 1-1 4-6 W 1
14 30 .318 21 10-21 1-5 8-14 6-16 0-0 2-8 L 3
14 32 .304 22 7-18 2-4 7-13 7-19 1-0 4-6 W 2

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