New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis brings the ball up the court against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Channing Frye during the second half Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans won 123-101.

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD

Maybe Alvin Gentry should just ask the NBA if his Pelicans can play the Cleveland Cavaliers 82 times a year.

All in New Orleans.

Simply put, the Pelicans have the Cavs' number here.

They played arguably their best game of the Alvin Gentry era Saturday night, handling LeBron and Company yet again.

The final score was 123-101, but an even more impressive number is 7-0.

That's the Pelicans record over the Cavaliers the last seven times they have come to New Orleans.

That's four straight times since LeBron rejoined the Cavs.

It's the fifth straight season LeBron has left New Orleans with an L, including his final season with the Miami Heat.

Cleveland has never won in New Orleans since the Pelicans became the Hornets. And they have never won in New Orleans since the building changed names from New Orleans Arena to the Smooothie King Center. The Cavs haven't won here since the 2009-'10 season.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue has been sitting on the Cavaliers bench for the last four of those losses, two as an assistant and two as head coach. He had to sit through another one Saturday night as DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and E'Twaun Moore combined for a whopping 112 of the Pelicans 123 points.

"They have a good team," Lue said afterwards. "Alvin has done a great job of figuring it out. Last year midway through the season was tough but now he's got it figured it out with those two big guys. They understand how to play off each other now and with Jrue Holiday and E'Twaun playing like that, they are tough to beat."

The Pelicans are now 3-3, hitting the .500 mark for the first time under Gentry.

The Pelicans looked like a playoff team, showing the potential that many thought this team could be. 

It came on the heels of a 2-1 road trip to the West Coast.

Gentry has used the word "consistent" since arriving here and repeated it again in Saturday night's post game press conference.

The Pelicans beat a the team that has made it to the NBA Finals each of the past three seasons in front of a crowd that had more No. 23 Cavaliers jerseys (LeBron) than Pelicans jerseys (Anthony Davis).

It's the second time in its two home games the Smoothie King Center has been packed.

Opening up with the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers will do that.

Gentry knows that in order to get those type of crowds on a consistent basis, taking care of business at home is key, regardless of the opponent.

"The one thing I say we have to do here, and I said it when I got here we have to establish a home court advantage," Gentry said. "We have to be able to play against any team and feel like we can win at home. We've played well against the good teams and we've let some games slip away. The whole consistency part of being able to play at home is being consistent in what you do. In this league, it's really tough to win on the road."

Gentry knows what it will take to get that time of homecourt advantage.

"If we're going to have that, we have to be the reason for that," Gentry said. "We have to play well enough that people want to come out and see it."

Saturday night, the Pelicans did just that.

They always do when the Cavs come to town.

Now comes a bigger test for the Pelicans and their fans.

The Orlando Magic come to town on a Monday night, typically a night that draws a small crowd..

The Pelicans get a chance to show if they can be consistent.

The fans get a chance to show their support for the team.

Even if it ain't LeBron and the Cavaliers.

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