Posted: Apr 15, 2014 6:42 AM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: Apr 15, 2014 6:57 AM
Source: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS- The Pelicans are disappointed they missed the playoffs again this year, but the team was able to play spoiler in its final regular season match-up with the playoff-bound Oklahoma City Thunder.
New Orleans ended its eight-game losing streak by flying past the Thunder 101-89 Monday night. The team was led by Tyreke Evans, a newcomer this season.
Evans put an exclamation point on his first season with the team by scoring a career eight 41 points to go with nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals.
It was New Orleans first victory over Oklahoma City in over three years. It was also the second consecutive loss for the Thunder. The team now must win its season finale against Sacramento tomorrow or hope for a Los Angeles Clippers loss against the Portland Trailblazers.
The New Orleans Pelicans are now 33-48, finding themselves in last place in the Western Conference's Southwest Division and out of the playoff picture. The franchise has not made a playoff appearance since 2011. It will again be eligible in the NBA Lottery.
The team will wrap up the season Wednesday at home against the Houston Rockets.