Pelicans control Knicks from start in win at New York

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The New Orleans Pelicans led virtually all the way from start to finish Thursday night in a 102-91 win In Madison Square Garden over the Knicks, salvaging a game on their three-game East Coast road trip.

The Knicks led 4-2 and that was the only lead of the game for New York.

The Pelicans had lost to Brooklyn and Boston previously.

It was a solid performance throughout.

The Pelicans shot 50 percent from the field while the Knicks shot just 37.7 percent. The Pelicans outscored New York 46-38 in the paint and had 14 fast break points to just nine for New York.

After leading 46-42 at the half, New Orleans blew it open in the third quarter, outscoring New York 35-15 to take a commanding 81-57 lead going to the final frame.

The Pelicans had a balanced attack with six players in double figures, led by Jonas Valanciunas, who recorded his 31st double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Hart finished with 17 points and seven rebounds while Brandon Ingram and Devonte Graham each scored 15 points. Jose Alvarado had his best game, coming off the bench to score 13 points with four assists and four steals. Herb Jones finished with 11 points.

The loss was the third home defeat for the Knicks in four days.

Now 17-28, the Pelicans get a nice break before returning to action Monday, hosting Indiana.

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