MEMPHIS – Tyreke Evans scored 28 points, including a pair of free throws with 5.9 seconds left that helped the Memphis Grizzlies beat the New Orleans Pelicans 105-102 on Wednesday night.
Marc Gasol finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis while JaMychal Green contributed 20 points and 14 rebounds.
After Evans’ foul shots, the Pelicans had a chance for a tie, but E’Twaun Moore’s 3-point attempt from the left wing bounced off the front of the rim.
DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and eight rebounds. Moore had 16 points and Rajon Rondo had 14.
Cousins was 2 of 10 from the field entering the fourth, but scored 14 points in the final quarter. He hit a trio of 3’s as the Pelicans overcame an 11-point deficit.
Evans made four free throws in the final 61 seconds.
The Pelicans’ problems were prominent in the third quarter when they scored a mere nine points _ a season low for any quarter _ making only four of their 14 shots and missing all four free throw attempts.
That allowed Memphis, which scored just 17 points in the quarter, to take a 77-70 lead heading to the fourth.