Hill, who procured the most lucrative contract handed out by the Pelicans this past offseason, not only had more points than any other teammate – yes, including Davis – he also finished with more than he has ever had in an National Basketball Association game: a career-high 30, to go along with seven assists, six rebounds and six 3-pointers.
Last month, the big man was dealt to the Pelicans in what initially appeared to be a steal on New Orleans’ side. He tallied 16 points in the opening quarter as New Orleans jumped out to a 36-23 lead. The Rockets won 25 of 26 games when they score at least 120 points. He made his first seven shots. I just wanted to stay aggressive.
In November of this season, Wizards beat writer Candace Buckner of the Washington Post wrote the following when the Wizards beat the visiting Sacramento Kings (Cousins’ team at the time).
HEAT 123, TIMBERWOLVES 105: MIAMI – Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Tyler Johnson scored 23 off the bench and the Miami Heat downed the Minnesota Timberwolves, 123-105. They shot 61.2 percent (30 of 49) from the field and made 9 of 20 (45 percent) from 3-point range in the second half.
In Los Angeles, Khris Middleton scored 14 of his season-high 30 points in the fourth quarter, while Greg Monroe added 12 points before his ejection as Milwaukee kept up their furious playoff push with their eighth victory in nine games. It didn’t look promising for New Orleans at the end of the first half, as they went into the locker room trailing Minnesota 54-48, but the Pelicans offense came alive in spectacular fashion in the third quarter. “So there’s not much fight”. We didn’t do it. “We have to write that one off and get to the next one”. Some will stick. We’ll go with it.
Karl-Anthony Towns had a game-high 33 points for the Timberwolves, who lost their third straight game, all on the road. “Obviously, the hit he took during the game has something to do with (his Friday absence)”, New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said.
“We try to lighten up a little bit now, try to cut back”, D’Antoni said. Some of the things we do when one of them is playing are different than when both are playing. I think everybody is stepping up. We have to practice better. Andre Drummond had 22 points, but only had eight before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
The good news here is that Cousins is considered day-to-day and shouldn’t be out of action long. “We’re talking to him and hopefully we’ll know shortly”, said Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau. “We had a meeting.”. He played one scoreless minute.
New Orleans wound up with six players scoring more than 10 points. Hill also had five rebounds, five assists and three steals.