Anthony Davis returned for New Orleans after missing Friday's game with a left groin strain, and had a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds. The Pelicans are battling the Phoenix Suns and Oklahoma City Thunder for the final Western Conference playoff spot, and have won 6 of their last 7 games. They currently sit just 1 game behind the Suns for the 8th spot.
1st-time all-star Jeff Teague led the way for the Hawks with 21 points, but Atlanta fell behind early and could not fight their way back into it. Paul Millsap scored 15 points, while Kyle Korver added 12, as the Hawks finished just 7-of-22 from 3-point range.
The Pelicans jumped ahead by double digits in the first quarter and never looked back. Eric Gordon scored 20 points for New Orleans, and Tyreke Evans had 15 points and tied a season high with 12 assists for the 4th time in 5 games.
New Orleans outrebounded Atlanta 52-32, including Omer Asik grabbing 17 rebounds and Davis grabbing 8 offensive rebounds.
Ryan Anderson added 15 points for a Pelicans team that outshot the Hawks 50 percent to 44.9 percent.
Despite the loss, the Hawks remain positive with a 40-9 record, 6 games up on the Toronto Raptors for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks will host a formidable Washington Wizards team tomorrow night. The Pelicans sit at 26-22 and will begin a home-and-home with the Thunder tomorrow night.