National Basketball Association
Memphis 99, New Orleans 90
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 9, 2019
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
#37 Eric Dalen, #56 Mark Ayotte, #39 Tyler Ford
Joakim Noah had 19 points and 14 rebounds as the host Memphis Grizzlies defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 99-90 on Saturday night.
Justin Holiday added 15 points, rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 14, newcomer CJ Miles had 13, Mike Conley 11 and Ivan Rabb 10 as Memphis won its first home game since making two trades at Thursday's deadline.
Miles and Delon Wright, who were part of the trade that sent Marc Gasol to Toronto, made their debuts, as did guard Avery Bradley, who was acquired in a separate deal with the Clippers. Center Jonas Valanciunas, who was also part of the Gasol trade, was inactive.
Julius Randle led the Pelicans with 21 points, Jrue Holiday had 15, Anthony Davis had 14 points and 16 rebounds and rookie Kenrich Williams had 10 points and 13 rebounds.
The Pelicans led by three points after a low-scoring first half, but the Grizzlies scored the first seven points of the third quarter to lead for the first time.
The score was tied five times, the last time at 60, before Memphis scored 10 consecutive points on its way to a 72-62 lead after three quarters.
New Orleans began the fourth quarter with a 7-2 run to get within five points, but Miles made a 3-pointer to help the Grizzlies rebuild the lead to 10.
Jrue Holiday made a 3-pointer to get New Orleans within 84-79, but his brother Justin answered with a 3-pointer seconds later.
The Pelicans cut the lead to four as Randle scored four points, but Jackson countered with a three-point play.
Randle made just two of four free throws before Jackson's 3-pointer put Memphis in control with a 94-85 lead with 2:41 left.
The Pelicans led by as many as 14 points before the Grizzlies closed within 28-20 at the end of the first quarter.
Memphis scored the first seven points of the second quarter to take a fleeting lead at 29-28.
Randle beat the second-quarter buzzer with a basket that gave New Orleans a 44-41 halftime lead.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Julius Randle 21
Joakim Noah 19
Kenrich Williams 7
Mike Conley 9
Anthony Davis 16
Joakim Noah 14
Julius Randle 7
||Free Throws Made
Mike Conley 5
Anthony Davis 2
Jevon Carter 2
Anthony Davis 2
Bruno Caboclo 1
Team Stats Summary
Memphis will play their next game at home against San Antonio. The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .343 after a loss.
New Orleans will play their next game at home against Orlando. The Pelicans have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .469 after a loss.