Pelicans, on rise, aim to trim turnovers

DeMarcus Cousins and the Pelicans have been coming up big lately.

Despite some turnover issues, the New Orleans Pelicans are pulling together and winning some games.

The latest example came Saturday, when they raced past the visiting Los Angeles Clippers by a 111-103 count.

DeMarcus Cousins erupted for 35 points and 15 rebounds to lead the way. Anthony Davis added 25 and 10, respectively. And when it comes to the Pelicans, it’s almost always Cousins and Davis, or Davis and Cousins.

“Their versatility, their size, their skill level. Two bigs that are that skilled, who can handle the ball, shoot the ball, pass the ball, dribble the ball, you know, block shots,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters the game. “Other than that, there’s not much that’s impressive.”

As for the turnovers, yes, it can be an issue. The Pelicans averaged 16.7 per game and committed 23 against the Clippers. That made them the first team since 2002 to score 110 after committing 23 or more turnovers.

“I am the main culprit of the turnovers right now. I had eight of them,” Cousins told the media. “I’ve just got to do a better job of taking care of the ball and making good decisions.”

Either way, the Pelicans are 7-6 and seem to be making strides to becoming the playoff squad they thought they’d be all along.

“It shows what kind of team we can be if we would take care of the ball,” Cousins said.

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