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Gordon's late layup lifts Pelicans over Pistons

Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Gordon's layup with 1.9 seconds left lifted the New Orleans Pelicans to a 103-101 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

The Pelicans trailed 93-83 with 5:56 left, but used a 16-5 run to go up 99-98 with 1:19 to go. A pair of Greg Monroe free throws made it 101-98 with just over 30 seconds left.

Rodney Stuckey was fouled as he drove to the hoop on the other side and knocked down the first free throw, but his second attempt rimmed out. Josh Smith was there to grab the miss and kicked it out to Brandon Jennings, who couldn't get a 3-pointer to go, but Smith was there once again to clean up the miss, and this time got a layup to fall with 19 seconds remaining to tie the game.

After a timeout, Gordon took the ball at the top of the key and dribbled the clock down. Gordon started to his left and got Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to bite on a crossover before spinning back to his right and getting a teardrop layup to fall over Smith's outstretched arms.

"Eric has been in that situation before for us, and come through," said Pelicans coach Monty Williams.

The Pistons had two timeouts remaining, but elected not to use one before time expired.

"I'm not going to leave that up to them (the players). I don't know if we would have made the shot or not, but I'm not going to leave it up to them to call a timeout. It was my responsibility to get a timeout," said Pistons head coach Mo Cheeks.

Gordon finished with 15 points, while Anthony Morrow poured in a team-high 21. Austin Rivers scored 15 off the bench, Anthony Davis scored 14 and pulled down eight rebounds and Brian Roberts finished with 13 for the Pelicans, winners in two of their last three after dropping eight in a row.

"Opportunity came and I took advantage of it. I had to be ready for whatever minutes I had," Morrow said.

Jennings scored a game-high 28 points and Andre Drummond scored 21 points and pulled down 20 boards for the Pistons, losers in three straight.

The Pelicans trailed 40-33 with 7:56 remaining in the first half, but used a 17-2 run to take a 50-42 edge with 3:26 left. Rivers led a balanced attack with five points and Davis chipped in with four on the flurry, which saw New Orleans finish a perfect 6-for-6 from the field while holding Detroit to just 1-of-9 efficiency. The Pelicans took a 54-48 lead into the break.

New Orleans took a 58-48 lead just under a minute into the third, but the Pistons scored 11 unanswered points to take a 59-58 lead. Detroit kept its foot on the gas from there, outscoring the Pelicans 19-4 to cap a 30-4 run that put the hosts ahead 78-62. The Pelicans managed to cut the deficit to single digits, 80-71, entering the final frame.

Jennings went 9-for-10 from the free throw line en route to 18 third-quarter points.

Game Notes

New Orleans shot 50.7 percent (37-for-73) from the field and 91.7 percent (22- for-24) from the free throw line ... The Pelicans bench outscored the Pistons reserves 45-17 ... Drummond had 10 offensive rebounds ... Caldwell-Pope had 14 points and Smith finished with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

01/24 22:50:54 ET

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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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