NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans are ready for a long road back to the postseason.
With the way they play, they’re more than capable of doing it.
And the season is about to get off to a promising start.
New Orleans beat Atlanta, a team that was coming off back-to-back playoff losses, 115-109 on Wednesday night, in the opening game of a home-and-home series.
New Orleans beat Miami 104-97 on Friday, giving the Pelicans a 10-game winning streak.
New York was expected to play Miami on Monday, but that game fell through after the Hurricanes had to postpone their game because of Tropical Storm Jonas.
Miami played at Boston on Monday.
And New Orleans had a shot at the defending champion Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, but the Hornets defeated the Bucks 110-105 in overtime.
New York’s first-round series opener against the Knicks was on Sunday, but it was postponed.
Newly acquired forward Anthony Davis scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win.
The Hornets had lost five straight and five of their past six games.
Davis has scored 23.6 points per game in the first three games.
The 23.4 per game average was the second-best mark in the league, behind Golden State.
Atlanta (8-10) has won four straight, but has dropped three of the last four.
The Hawks are 4-12 against the Pelicans and have lost eight straight at home.
The Pelicans are playing without injured guard Courtney Lee, who has been sidelined since mid-February with a broken left hand.
The Hornets, though, are enjoying their recent success.
They’ve won 11 of their last 13, including five straight after they lost their first nine games of the season.
The streak began in December, and they won the first two games before losing at San Antonio.
Newton and Davis were expected to be back Wednesday, but New Orleans decided not to start Davis.
New coach Alvin Gentry has a strong bench with two All-Stars and five other starters, but they haven’t scored more than 26 points in a game this season.
New coach Alvin Williams has been impressed with the group of young players, but Williams isn’t afraid to make decisions based on what’s best for the team.