Pelicans build early lead, beat Grizzlies 99-84

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Pelicans build early lead, beat Grizzlies 99-84

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MEMPHIS, TN - NOVEMBER 06: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans dribbles the ball while defended …

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Eric Gordon scored 19 points, Anthony Davis added 18 points and nine rebounds and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-84 on Wednesday night.

Tyreke Evans had 16 points, Jrue Holiday scored 11 and Jason Smith finished with 10 points for New Orleans, which led by as many as 29 points in the fourth quarter.

Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 26 points before leaving in the fourth quarter with a facial injury. Marc Gasol had 11 points for Memphis, but connected on only 4 of 11 shots and grabbed one rebound.

Memphis played most of the game without starting forward Zach Randolph, who left in the first half when his fiance, Faune, went into labor. The Grizzlies announced after halftime that Randolph made it to the hospital in time for the birth of their 7-pound, 4-ounce boy.

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