Pelicans rally in fourth quarter to beat Jazz _lowres

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, shoots as Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) defends during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY — Ryan Anderson scored 24 points off the bench to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 104-94 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.

Anthony Davis finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Eric Gordon added 19 points as the Pelicans avoided a third straight loss.

The Pelicans (7-18) trailed by six after three quarters, but used a 23-10 run to pull away. Anderson completed a three-point play to tie it at 85 and Davis’ jumper gave New Orleans a 91-89 lead with about five minutes remaining. The Jazz never led again.

Derrick Favors had 16 of his 22 points in the third quarter, added seven rebounds and matched a career high with five assists. Gordon Hayward finished with 20 points and six rebounds, and Trey Burke scored 12 points off the bench.

The 10-point final score was the largest lead of the game.

The Jazz (10-14) have lost a season-high four straight.


Pelicans: New Orleans shot 5 for 8 from 3-point range in the first quarter. ... Anderson attempted a career-high 13 free throws and made them all. ... New Orleans earned just its second road win of the season.

Jazz: Rodney Hood left the floor early in the first quarter with a right knee contusion. He returned later in the quarter. ... The start of the game was delayed 10 minutes due to a lighting problem. ... Joe Ingles did not play after having oral surgery. ... The Jazz recalled rookie Tibor Pleiss from the D-League on Wednesday.


The Jazz started center Jeff Withey for the first time this season. Alec Burks also started in a three-wing lineup. Utah has been searching for the right lineup combinations since Rudy Gobert was lost to injury. “I wouldn’t call it experimental mode,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “I would call it adjustment mode. I think we know at this point who we have.”


Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said point guard Jrue Holiday is two weeks from having his minutes restriction removed. He played a season-high 29 minutes Monday, though that was a couple more than restriction allows for. “We cheated a little bit ... I didn’t think two minutes was going to make a major difference in that situation,” Gentry said. “We’ve got two more weeks to go and everything’s lifted. For Jrue, it’ll be a little bit easier for him because in certain situations where he gets going, we have to then turn and take him out because we have preserve some of the minutes. When all of that is lifted, the consistency in his game will be better also.”


Pelicans: Visit Phoenix on Friday.

Jazz: Host Denver on Friday.