NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Pelicans got back to their usual style of play, putting the Miami Dolphins on the ropes early in a 38-24 overtime victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night.
After the Pelicans led by 13 early in the fourth quarter, they got off to a fast start, scoring a pair of baskets in just over two minutes.
The Pelicans had a 17-3 advantage heading into the fourth and led by as many as 28 heading into halftime.
The Dolphins responded with five consecutive 3-pointers to make it a one-point game by halftime.
Dion Waiters scored 14 points for the Pelicans (14-11), who outscored the Heat (10-15) 37-18 in the extra period.
The Heat opened the second half on a 17th 3-pointer, with Anthony Davis hitting a layup to give the Pelicans a 27-16 lead.
After Anthony Davis missed a 3-point attempt, Anthony Davis scored again to give Miami a 41-28 lead with 3:04 left in the third quarter.
The crowd of 14,947 at the Smoothie King Center roared as Davis scored a team-high 22 points for Miami.
Dionne Warwick added 17 points for New Orleans, which led by 15 heading into OT.
Davis made just 4 of 11 3-points in the period.
“It’s always tough when you get in this situation where we’re in a playoff spot and you’re not playing your best,” Davis said.
“You’re going to need a lot of guys around you to make sure that we’re going at full speed and that we can keep doing it.
The Pelicans shot 58 percent and had 26 assists.
“They played well tonight, but we weren’t ready,” coach Alvin Gentry said.
NOTES: Davis was named the Eastern Conference player of the week after averaging 21.9 points on 52.3 percent shooting over the past two games.
Waiters and Davis both scored 12 points.
The Pelicans have won five straight regular-season home games for the first time since April 15-22, 2003.
New Orleans has been outscores by a combined 51 points in overtime in the first two games of the series.
Miami has been shut out in regulation in the past four meetings with the Pelicans.
Pelicans F Kelly Oubre scored nine points in 18 minutes.
Davis has averaged 24.8 points and shot 55.9 percent in his last five games.
He had 16 points and 11 rebounds in two games against the Heat on Dec. 29.