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Gordon fuels Pelicans past Timberwolves

New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Gordon scored 20 points and helped key a huge fourth-quarter swing that lifted the New Orleans Pelicans to a 98- 91 triumph over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Gordon recorded nine points on 4-of-5 shooting in the final frame, during which New Orleans outscored the Timberwolves by a 37-20 margin to rally for its sixth win in eight games.

Anthony Davis justified his recent All-Star Game addition by adding 26 points and 10 rebounds to the victory, with Brian Roberts contributing 16 points and six assists for the Pelicans.

"Yeah, today has been great. I'm going to enjoy it while it can," Davis said. "We have a game against Brooklyn coming up so I can't get too happy, but at the same time I have to enjoy it."

Timberwolves star Kevin Love returned from a one-game absence to put up 26 points and 19 rebounds, but finished just 6-of-20 from the field and Minnesota faltered down the stretch to suffer its fourth loss in five outings.

Corey Brewer and Kevin Martin recorded 16 and 15 points, respectively, for the Timberwolves.

The Pelicans trailed by nine points with 10 minutes left, then proceeded to put together a momentum-shifting 16-2 run to move in front to stay.

Anthony Morrow buried a pair of pivotal 3-pointers during the burst, the last pulling New Orleans within 77-76. Davis stole an errant pass from Love on the ensuing possession, and Gordon utilized a screen to drive the lane and dunk for the go-ahead bucket with 7:10 left.

Davis then sank two free throws and hit a short jumper to extend the margin to 82-77 with five minutes to go.

Love made a pair at the line to end the surge, but the T-Wolves turned it over on their next two trips prior to Gordon draining a clutch 3-ball that made it a six-point game. After Love went 1-for-2 from the stripe, Luke Babbitt tipped in a Davis miss to put Minnesota in an 89-82 hole with 2:40 left.

Roberts' jumper just inside the arc after Davis won a jump ball sealed the verdict, putting New Orleans up 96-91 with 22.9 seconds showing.

"It was tough, they played very well," Minnesota guard Ricky Rubio said. "They scored 30 plus points in the fourth quarter and when you give up that many points on the road it makes it very hard to win. At the end we tried to force some shots but they just wouldn't go."

Minnesota led much of the way prior to its fourth-quarter falter, beginning to create some distance near the end of a tightly played opening half. A 7-0 run that Love capped with a 3-point play staked the Timberwolves to a 44-35 advantage with under three minutes to go in the second quarter. Minnesota carried a 47-42 edge into intermission, with Davis keeping the Pelicans in it by amassing 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting over the first two quarters.

New Orleans closed within two following a pair of Gordon free throws with 3:23 left in the third quarter, but the Timberwolves responded with a 10-0 stretch to stretch the margin to 71-59 in the waning stages of the period.

Game Notes

The game was the first since New Orleans Arena was changed to the Smoothie King Center under a 10-year naming rights deal the Pelicans announced Thursday ... Davis, who was named to the Western Conference All-Star squad Friday as an injury replacement for Kobe Bryant, finished 10-of-16 from the field ... Love sat out Wednesday's 106-97 loss at Oklahoma City with a sore back, with Brewer also missing the contest due to the birth of his child ... Tyreke Evans returned to action for New Orleans to record seven points in 20 minutes. He missed Wednesday's win over Atlanta with a rib cage injury ... Morrow went 3- for-3 from 3-point range and the Pelicans were 8-for-15 as a team.

02/08 02:02:50 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 4
DUR 8
 
11:05am Today
CHR
DUR
 
7:00pm Tonight
MIA
CHA
Final
PIT 1
CIN 4
Final
CLE 2
KAN 8
Final
WAS 2
ANA 7
Final
TOR 9
BAL 3
Final
DET 8
CWS 6
Final
ATL 0
MIA 1
Final
TAM 7
MIN 3
Final
BOS 3
NYY 9
Final
NYM 0
STL 3
Final
CHC 9
ARI 2
Final
MIL 1
SDP 2
Final
COL 2
SFG 1
Final
OAK 4
TEX 5
Final
SEA 2
HOU 5
Final
LOS 2
PHI 3
12:10pm Today
ATL
MIA
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
ARI
 
3:10pm Today
COL
SFG
 
3:35pm Today
OAK
TEX
 
3:40pm Today
SEA
HOU
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BAL
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
MIN
 
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
IND 101
ATL 85
Final
TOR 100
BRK 95
Final
CHI 99
WAS 101
7:00pm Tonight
MIA
CHA
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
DAL
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
MON 4
TAM 3
Final
DET 0
BOS 3
Final
PHI 1
NYR 4
Final
LOS 3
SJS 4
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:00pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
9:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
Final
CHR 4
DUR 8
 
11:05am Today
CHR
DUR