Pelicans Eliminated From Playoffs

The Pelicans were eliminated from playoff contention with a 134-131 home loss to the Nuggets in their final home game of the season on Tuesday night.

Danilo Gallinari netted 28 points for Denver, which is only a half-game behind Portland for the final playoff spot in the West.  The Blazers were blown out by the Jazz Tuesday night.  Gary Harris scored 23 in the win. 

Anthony Davis put up 41 points and four blocks for the Pelicans.  DeMarcus Cousins collected 30 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists in the loss. 

“We knew it was going to be very difficult," Coach Alvin Gentry said after the game. "You’re five games down with five to play. The chances of doing that (are small). To me, I would’ve liked to close out the home season with a win, because the fans have been very supportive, unbelievably supportive, with all we’ve gone through, with Jrue’s situation (to start the season) and then the trade and injuries.”

The Pelicans play their final four games on the road, beginning Friday night in Denver.

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