Trans. Apr 14 9:11 ET (Apr 14 9:11 ET ) Losers of eight straight, the injury-ravaged New Orleans Pelicans were down to nine live bodies in a logical mismatch against the Oklahoma City Thunder, flaunting the second-best record in the NBA and boasting the odds-on choice for Most Valuable Player, forward Kevin Durant, the NBA's leading scorer. However, behind a career night from Tyreke Evans, who was pressed into emergency point guard service when Austin Rivers was ejected along with Oklahoma City forward Nick Collison for chest bumping each other in the second quarter, the Pelicans recorded a 101-89 win Monday night at the Smoothie King Center. Despite playing with a bone bruise in his right knee, Evans did anything he wanted.
Collison and Pelicans guard Austin Rivers were ejected following a brief scuffle in the second quarter of Monday night's game between Oklahoma City and New Orleans.
The Scoop:Rivers appeared perturbed about the way he was held up during a prolonged screen set by Collison while on Oklahoma City's offensive end. Rivers shoved his way out of the screen and soon after started jawing with Collison as the two followed the play down court to the Pelicans' offensive end. They bumped again in the paint, igniting a brief shoving match with 7:56 remaining in the first half.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Thunder forward Nick Collison and Pelicans guard Austin Rivers both have been ejected following a brief scuffle in the second quarter of Monday night's game between Oklahoma City and New Orleans.
Nick Collison was ejected on Monday for an altercation with Austin Rivers.
The Scoop:Collison is usually in the news for his face getting busted open, but not tonight. He lasted just eight minutes before the ejection, finishing with no points, one board and two assists. There shouldn't be a suspension for this incident.
Austin Rivers was ejected from Monday's game for an altercation with Nick Collison.
The Scoop:A fight was close to breaking out, but it did seem a bit extreme to toss Rivers from this game. He finished with eight points, two assists and two 3-pointers in 14 minutes. The Pelicans will shift Tyreke Evans over to point guard because what else are they going to do with their decimated roster?