Pelicans beat Pistons 103-101 on Gordon's layup

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2014 at 9:26 pm •  Published: January 24, 2014
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Eric Gordon's driving layup with 1.9 seconds left gave the New Orleans Pelicans a 103-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

Detroit blew a 16-point third-quarter lead, and the Pistons inexplicably didn't call time after Gordon's winning shot.

Instead, Brandon Jennings rushed a shot from midcourt that missed while coach Maurice Cheeks stood yelling for a timeout.

Detroit wasted a 28-point performance from Jennings and 21 points and 20 rebounds from Andre Drummond. Anthony Morrow scored 21 points for New Orleans, which won for only the second time in 11 games.

The Pelicans were without Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, Jason Smith and Tyreke Evans because of injuries.

Detroit went on a 30-4 run in the third quarter and led 78-62, but New Orleans reeled off the next nine points to pull within striking distance.

The Pelicans took a 99-98 lead when Anthony Davis was credited with a tip-in, and it was 101-98 after Morrow's two free throws with 30.8 seconds left.

Detroit's Rodney Stuckey drew a foul with 27.4 seconds left. He made the first free throw and missed the second, but New Orleans couldn't come up with the rebound. Jennings missed a 3-pointer, but Josh Smith rebounded and made a layup to tie it at 101 with 19 seconds to play.

Gordon patiently ran the clock down, spun past rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope near the free throw line and finished with a high, floating layup.



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