Ryan Anderson: ‘Sitting Out Last Year Catching Up To Me’

The New Orleans Pelicans won again Monday night, beating the hapless Philadelphia 76ers, 99-74. New Orleans (24-21) has now won four straight, five of six and seven of 10.

“We’re having fun,” Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson said on Ferrall on the Bench. “We’re moving the ball. We’re playing great team basketball and we got to keep this streak going.”

Anderson had another great game off the bench, finishing with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go with seven rebounds and three steals. He was also 4-of-5 from three-point range.

He did it all.

“A few days ago, I took a game (off),” Anderson said, referring to a 92-84 win at Minnesota last Friday. “I obviously needed to work on my body, and my ankles were really bothering me. That was huge. For me, I just want to take care of my body and continue to heal and play hard.”

Anderson missed much of last season due to neck surgery to correct a herniated cervical disc.

“Obviously from sitting out so long last year, it’s catching up to me,” he said. “But the past few games, I’ve been really just trying to contribute and play hard. It’s really been fun basketball. We’ve just been playing great together.”

Eric Gordon (13 points, five assists), Omer Asik (10 points, seven rebounds) and Tyreke Evans (six points, 12 assists) all had nice games for the Pelicans, but Anthony Davis showed once more that he’s a legitimate NBA superstar, finishing with 32 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and four blocks.

“His energy has just been so contagious,” Anderson said. “He’s been playing amazingly. So we really feed off his leadership.

Monday’s win was New Orleans’ third win in four days. The Pelicans beat Minnesota last Friday and Dallas, 109-106, on Sunday.

“It was a big win for us,” Anderson said of the win over the Mavs. “It said a lot about the group. Obviously it’s been a back-and-forth season for us. We’d win a game, we’d lose a game, and to be able to fight back against such a great team, a team that could be a championship-caliber team, we just fought the whole game. Obviously Anthony Davis made some huge plays down the stretch.”

Davis had 28 points – on 12-of-14 shooting – 10 rebounds, three assists, five steals and a block. Anderson scored 18, while Evans had 24 points and 12 assists, as New Orleans overcame a combined 60 points from Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis.

“We’ve just been playing at a high level right now,” Anderson said. “That Dallas game really showed it.”

The Pelicans play their next four games at home against the Nuggets (Jan. 28), Clippers (Jan. 30), Hawks (Feb. 2) and Thunder (Feb. 4). New Orleans is 15-5 at home.

“It’s fun,” Anderson said. “This crowd has been great for us. We really enjoy playing at home in front of this crowd. This is the craziest, most excited I’ve seen fans here since I’ve been here. So it’s exciting. We want to continue to win for them.”

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