Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday
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New Orleans Pelicans
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Holiday is coming off one of the most productive seasons of his career. He set career highs in points (21.2), free-throws made (3.1), threes made (1.8), rebounds (5.0) and steals (1.6) per game. His average of 7.7 assists also ranked fifth in the league. Holiday had several big games as well, racking up 18 double-doubles, five outings with 30-plus points, 15 outings with at least 10 assists, and 18 games with more than two steals. The biggest knock on Holiday continues to be his injury history. Since 2012-13, the guard is averaging only 61.7 appearances per season. This year, with Anthony Davis being dealt to the Lakers, Holiday should have an opportunity to see his usage increase. While the Pelicans added the likes of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson -- all capable of taking touches away from Holiday -- the veteran should be the primary ballhandler for a team looking to remain competitive. Heading into his age 29 season, it's unlikely we see a massive leap forward from Holiday, but he'll be in a strong position to remain productive on the new-look Pelicans. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $131.81 million contract with the Pelicans in July of 2017.
Personal Bio

Jrue Randall Holiday was born in 1990 in the Chatsworth neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. He is the son Shawn and Toya Holiday. Jrue's parents both played college basketball at Arizona State, where Toya was named Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1982. For high school, Holiday attended Campbell Hall School, which is in the Studio City portion of L.A. As a freshman, Jrue helped Campbell High to a perfect 32-0 mark along with older brother Justin, who went on to play in the NBA. Jrue's younger brother, Aaron, also plays in the Association. As a senior, Holiday averaged 25.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 4.8 steals per game, leading the team to a California Division IV state title. After his senior high school season, Jrue was named the 2008 Gatorade National Player of the Year and a Parade Magazine First Team All-American. Jrue then played one year of ball at UCLA before turning pro. With New Orleans during the 2017-18 season, Holiday donated nearly 3,000 Pelicans tickets to underprivileged children. Fans can follow the point guard on Twitter and Instagram (jrue_holiday11).

College/International Summary

Holiday played one season (2008-09) of college ball at the University of California, Los Angeles with coach Ben Howland. The 6-foot-3 guard shared the backcourt with senior and future NBA veteran Darren Collison and started all 35 games as a freshman. Holiday averaged 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He also shot 30.7 percent from behind the arc and hit 0.8 three-pointers per contest. On Nov. 29, Holiday showed off his promise in an early-season game against Florida International in which he scored 20 points on 8-for-8 shooting from the field. On Jan. 31, Holiday generated 15 points, six rebounds and five assists during a home win over Stanford. Holiday later helped the Bruins beat VCU in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament with 13 points and six assists. The guard followed that game with seven assists in the second-round loss to Villanova. After the season, Holiday was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and declared for the 2009 NBA Draft.

Big effort in loss
GNew Orleans Pelicans
July 30, 2020
Holiday scored 20 points (9-18 FG, 2-5 3Pt) while adding five rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block in 36 minutes during Thursday's 106-104 loss to the Jazz.
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The 30-year-old had been on a tear when the season was suspended -- scoring 20 or more points in six of his last nine games back in late February and early March -- and he picked up right where he left off Thursday. The Pelicans are out of the playoff picture at the moment, but if they come up short, it won't be from a lack of effort on Holiday's part.
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2018

Holiday started 67 games for the New Orleans Pelicans in 2018-19. He averaged a career-high 21.2 points per game. Holiday shot 47.2 percent from the field, including 32.5 percent from three-point range. He scored a season-high 37 points at Detroit on Dec. 9. He also managed a career-best 5.0 rebounds per contest. Holiday snatched a career-high 12 rebounds against Indiana on Feb. 4. Holiday also excelled at distributing the basketball, averaging 7.7 assists per tilt. That number was fifth-best in the NBA. Holiday notched 18 double-doubles on the year, including a 32-point, 14-assist performance against the Clippers on Dec. 3. He handed out 14 assists on three separate occasions.

2017

Holiday's ninth professional season saw him play in 81 games as he helped the Pelicans return to the playoffs for the first time since 2014-15. Holiday made a career-high 615 shots from the field on the way to setting a career-best .494 shooting percentage. He averaged a career-best 19.0 points, a career-high 4.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game while playing 36.1 minutes per night. The UCLA product scored a regular-season high 37 points against Houston on Dec. 11. He earned a triple-double against Portland by scoring 21 points, grabbing 11 boards and recording 11 assists on Mar. 27. Holiday set a new career-high with 17 assists while adding 19 points in a win against the Los Angeles Clippers on Mar. 6. The versatile guard recorded double-digit assists on nine occasions in the regular season. He made five three-point shots on three different occasions. Holiday set a new career-high with 41 points in game four of the conference quarterfinals against the Trail Blazers, giving his team its first playoff series win since 2007-08. He finished the playoffs with a triple-double by scoring 27 points, dishing out 11 assists, and grabbing 10 rebounds against Golden State in game five of the Western Conference Semifinals.

2016

Holiday returned to the Pelicans for the fourth consecutive season in 2016-17. After missing the first 12 games of the year to attend to a family issue, Holiday made his season debut with the Pelicans on Nov. 18. There was hardly any rust to shake off, as Holiday produced 21 points and seven assists during a home win over the Trail Blazers. He racked up 22 points and nine assists the very next night. On Dec. 15, Holiday dished a season-best 14 assists in a home win over the Pacers. On Jan. 23, Holiday scored a season-high 33 points with 10 assists during a home win over the Cavaliers. For the season, Holiday appeared in 67 games, with 61 starts, and averaged 15.4 points, 7.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 three-pointers per contest. It was his highest total in both games and games started since joining the Pelicans in the 2013-14 season. His 15.4 points were his second-best as a Pelican and third-best in his NBA career. It was the third-best mark on the team that year, trailing only Anthony Davis (28.0 ppg) and DeMarcus Cousins (24.4 ppg).

2015

Following back-to-back injury-shortened seasons, Holiday appeared in 65 games for the Pelicans in 2015-16 with 23 starts. The versatile guard averaged 16.8 points per game, his second-highest scoring mark over his seven-year NBA career. During the preseason, the Pelicans kept Holiday on a minutes restriction as the guard continued to rehab his injured lower right leg. The team rested him during the season opener at Golden State but started Holiday for the season's second game at Portland, where he posted 12 points and three assists in the loss. The team maintained a cautious approach as Holiday played in 14 of the Pelicans' first 19 games and averaged only 21.7 minutes of run per appearance. Starting Dec. 14, team officials gave Holiday the green light for additional playing time. Holiday played in each of New Orleans' next 47 games and produced 18.4 points, 6.5 assists and 1.5 steals over 30.2 minutes per contest over that span. On March 9, the UCLA product scored a career-high 38 points during a loss at Charlotte. Two nights later, Holiday tallied 34 points, 10 assists and five rebounds over almost 41 minutes of floor time in a loss at Memphis. A toe injury then forced Holiday to miss two games in late March. Then, on March 29, Holiday had an eye injury diagnosed as a right inferior orbital wall fracture that ended the guard's season. The Pelicans finished the season at 30-52 and missed the postseason, but Holiday added 6.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals to his aforementioned season scoring average.

2014

Holiday returned to the New Orleans Pelicans ready for action in 2014-15 after missing some time due to injury the year before. On Opening Night, the guard started and generated eight points, four assists and three steals during a home win over the Magic. On Dec. 10, Holiday double-doubled via a season-high 30 points, 10 assists and three steals during a loss at Dallas. Four nights later, Holiday again scored 30 points during a home loss to the Warriors. But during a Jan. 12 loss at Boston, Holiday left the game early due to an injury to his right ankle. After missing five games for rest, tests revealed the injury was a stress reaction in his right lower-leg. Holiday missed 41 games due to the injury. He returned in time to play in three of New Orleans' last four regular season outings. The Pelicans ended the regular season at 45-37 and faced Golden State in the first round of the playoffs. The Warriors swept New Orleans in four games. Holiday, who was still trying to rehab his right leg into top shape, played in three of the four post-season games to the best of his ability. In Game 3, he posted 10 points, four assists and one block.

2013

During the 2013 NBA Draft, Holiday was traded by the Philadelphia 76ers with Pierre Jackson to the New Orleans Pelicans for rookie Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round draft pick. Expectations were that Holiday and Anthony Davis would team up for a playoff push in Western Conference. Unfortunately, those plans stalled as Holiday's season ended prematurely due to a leg injury. Holiday started the Pelicans' first 34 games and averaged 33.6 minutes per contest. He made his Pelicans debut on Opening Night, Oct. 30, and produced 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists during the home loss to the Pacers. On Nov. 8, he registered his first double-double as a Pelican with 13 points and 13 assists, plus four steals, during a home win over the Lakers. Holiday had nine double-doubles during the season. On Dec. 30, the versatile guard scored a season-high 31 points, plus added 13 assists, during a close home win over the Trail Blazers. In early January, however, trouble struck. In four games between Jan. 3 and Jan. 8, Holiday averaged only 6.0 points per contest while shooting 29.7 percent from the field. The challenging performance was explained on Jan. 10 when Holiday was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right tibia, which ended his season. The point guard had corrective surgery in late-February but was ready to go for Opening Night of the 2014-15 season. Holiday ended the 2013-14 season averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game.

2012

The 2012-13 season was Holiday's fourth year in the NBA and by far the best season of his career. He started 78 games for Philadelphia and generated per-game career highs in points (17.7), assists (8.0), rebounds (4.2) and three-pointers (1.2). His 625 total assists ranked third in the NBA. On Nov. 25, Holiday scored a career-high 33 points, plus added 13 assists, during a close home win over the Suns. On Jan. 26, the UCLA product scored a new career high of 35 points, to go with six dimes and five boards, in a home win over the Knicks. On Feb. 17, Holiday was a reserve for the East squad during his first career All-Star Game. The Sixer tallied six points, two boards, one assist and two steals over 15 minutes of ASG floor time. A week later, Holiday produced 30 points, five dimes, five boards and one block during a loss at New York. Holiday had 16 games in which he scored 25 or more points and registered 20 double-doubles for the season. During a close loss at Denver on Mar. 21, Holiday dished 15 assists for the second time in the season. In that loss, he also generated 18 points, six rebounds, four steals and a block.

2011

Holiday started 65 of Philly's 66 games during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. The versatile point guard averaged 13.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and a career-best 1.6 steals over 33.8 minutes per game. Holiday's 103 total steals ranked 11th in The Association. On Jan. 20, Holiday recorded his lone double-double of the season with 16 points, a season-high 11 assists, six boards and three steals during a home win over the Hawks. On March 17, Holiday scored a career-high 30 points, to go with five boards and five dimes in a loss at Chicago. On March 31, Holiday grabbed a season-best eight rebounds, to go with nine points and six assists, during another home win over Atlanta. The Sixers ended the regular season with a mark of 35-31 and defeated the Bulls in the first round of the playoffs. Philadelphia then lost to Boston in seven games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Holiday started all 13 playoff games for Philly. During the Game 2 win over Chicago, Holiday tallied 26 points, six assists, two rebounds, three three-pointers and one steal. He averaged 15.8 points, 5.2 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game during that postseason run.

2010

In just his second season in The Association, Holiday became an everyday starter for the Philadelphia 76ers. He started all 82 regular season games of the 2010-11 season for Philly and averaged a whopping 35.4 minutes per game. All that floor time led to per-game averages of 14.0 points, 6.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 three-pointer per contest. His 2,901 total minutes ranked 12th in The Association. On Nov. 5, the point guard scored a career-high 29 points and added eight assists in a home loss to the Cavaliers. On Feb. 2, the UCLA product recorded his first career triple-double with 11 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds during a home win over the New Jersey Nets. The versatile point guard had 15 games with six rebounds or more. On Mar. 27, Holiday generated 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists during a home loss to the Kings. The Sixers ended the season with a record of 41-41 and lost to the Heat in the first round of the playoffs. In his first career playoff action, Holiday started all five post-season games for Philadelphia and averaged 14.2 points, 5.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals per playoff game.

2009

Holiday was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 17th overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut on Oct. 30 with two points and one rebound over seven minutes during a home win over the Bucks. The rookie appeared in seven of Philly's first 13 games, logging 7.3 minutes per contest. On Nov. 25, Holiday earned his first NBA start and generated 10 points, six assists and three rebounds over 34 minutes during a close loss at Boston. Holiday started 10 of the Sixers' 14 games from Nov. 25 to Dec. 22. He returned to a bench role from Dec. 26 to Jan. 20. Then, on Jan. 22, coach Eddie Jordan decided to permanently replace Lou Williams in the starting lineup with the rookie Holiday. Holiday started Philly's last 41 games and averaged 10.1 points, 4.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game during the second half of the season. Holiday wound up starting 51 of the 73 games in which he appeared and seemed poised for a larger role in 2010-11.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2009
    Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1st round (17th pick) of the 2009 NBA Draft and signed a rookie deal shortly thereafter.
  • July 12, 2013
    Traded by the Philadelphia 76ers with Pierre Jackson to the New Orleans Pelicans for Nerlens Noel and a 2014 1st round draft pick.
  • July 6, 2017
    Signed a five-year contract as a free agent with the New Orleans Pelicans
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If it's at all possible to have a breakout season at the age of 28, then that's exactly what Jrue Holiday did. The acquisition of Rajon Rondo last offseason meant Holiday was shuffled up to the shooting guard spot, which, in turn, meant the ball would be out of his hands a bit more.This resulted in Holiday dropping in some drafts given the level of uncertainty. Those owners lucky enough to secure his services had their selection more than justified, as Holiday turned in an extremely productive Fantasy season. He finished as a top-30 player in a number of formats, joining Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins to form one of the better three-headed Fantasy monsters in the NBA. Holiday put up averages of 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game on almost 50 percent shooting from the field. He also managed to play in 81 of the 82 regular season games, putting to rest any lingering concerns about his leg issues from two seasons prior. Fast forward a few months and Rondo is now out of equation and has been replaced by Elfrid Payton. The addition of Payton, somewhat of a similar player to Rondo, shouldn't have a massive impact on Holiday's role or playing time, and owners are highly unlikely to get him at any sort of discount this time around, especially after Holiday raised his game to an even higher level during the Pelicans' playoff run, which included a surprising first-round sweep of the three-seed Trail Blazers.
After finding out in late June that his wife, Lauren, had a brain tumor and would need surgery, Holiday took an indefinite leave of absence in order to be by her side throughout the process. However, after the surgery was deemed successful, Holiday eventually returned to the court following a 12-game absence and ended up playing the rest of the 2016-17 campaign injury free for the first time in his four-year career with the Pelicans. Finally putting together a healthy season, Holiday was able to post solid numbers in 67 games, averaging 15.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 three-pointers across 32.7 minutes. His overall scoring dropped, which was likely due to the addition of superstar center DeMarcus Cousins at the trade deadline. However, that move also benefited Holiday, as Davis provided yet another elite scorer that helped boost Holiday's assist average from 6.0 a season prior to 7.3. The Pelicans opted to sign Rajon Rondo this offseason, which likely comes with a fairly significant change for Holiday moving forward. He's fully expected to see more time off the ball at shooting guard, all the while allowing Rondo to take on more ball-handling responsibilities. That likely means Holiday's assists are set to decline, as Rondo is going to take away some touches and run the offense at times. Still, Holiday did re-sign to a max five-year, $131 million contract during free agency, so he's surely going to be used as a playmaker as much as possible and could get more open jump shots on the wing. That said, he's transitioning to a role where he potentially won't have the ball in his hands as much and still has Davis and Cousins to dominate the scoring, which could mean his overall Fantasy production takes a hit during his ninth NBA season.
After he was limited to 74 games over his first two seasons with the Pelicans, largely due to recurring issues with his lower right leg, Holiday was placed on a hard workload restriction to open 2015-16. The 26-year-old was forced to sit out one game of back-to-back sets and faced various minute limits until January, when his production unsurprisingly began to take off. Over his last three full months of the season, Holiday averaged 19.5 points (on 43.7% shooting), 7.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 three-pointers in 31.2 minutes per game before he was shut down in early April with a fractured orbital wall in his right eye. That fluky injury aside, Holiday generally enjoyed a healthy campaign and was poised to enter training camp as an attractive fantasy target at the point guard spot before personal tragedy struck. Holiday found out in late June that his wife, Lauren, who is pregnant with the couple’s first child, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. In order to care for Lauren while she goes through the pregnancy and then brain surgery, Holiday announced in September that he would take an indefinite leave from the Pelicans. Lauren is due to give birth in mid-October and will then have the surgery performed approximately six weeks later, assuming the pregnancy goes as planned. With that timeframe in mind, it seems quite likely that Holiday will be sidelined for much of the first half of the season, leaving Tim Frazier, Langston Galloway and E’Twaun Moore to handle most of the point guard duties. Once he returns to action, Holiday is expected to slide back into the starting lineup and assume a prominent role in the Pelicans’ attack. As such, it’s probably best to avoid drafting him in most shallow formats and instead waiting to pick him up off waivers shortly before his return date approaches. In deeper formats with large benches, meanwhile, Holiday makes sense as a late-round dart who could be stashed or used as trade currency once he’s nearing a return.
Holiday played only half a season again this past year due to more leg injuries. The former Sixer managed to play in just 40 games after playing 37 games in his first season in New Orleans. In 33 minutes per game, Holiday averaged 14.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 1.6 steals while canning 51 triples on 38 percent shooting from distance. Although the drop in assists is frightening, only nine players bested his per-game number last season. Holiday also managed to limit his turnovers considerably last season, coughing it up only 2.3 times per game as opposed to 3.1 and 3.7 times in his previous two seasons. With Alvin Gentry now running the show in New Orleans, fans can expect an offense that more closely resembles the one run by the Warriors last season, which means Holiday—a career 38 percent three-point shooter—should expect to see plenty of attempts from beyond the arc. His shooting should be able to make up for whatever ball-handling duties he cedes to Tyreke Evans after Evans filled in admirably for Holiday following his injury. If finally healthy, Holiday can be a major piece of the offensive machine running in New Orleans in his seventh season in the league.
Holiday comes into the 2014-15 season primed to bounce back after a stress fracture in his right leg limited him to just 34 games in his first year with the Pelicans. In his injury-shortened fifth season, Holiday averaged 14.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.9 assists, and 1.6 steals in 34 minutes per game. Holiday's outside shooting was of particular note, as he matched a career-high with 39 percent shooting from beyond the arc. It's hard to accurately judge Holiday's season considering his injury woes and the many other injuries suffered by the Pelicans throughout the 2013-14 season, but it's worth noting that he was seemingly coming into his own before the fractured leg spoiled his season. In his last full month of basketball, Holiday averaged 16.3 points and 9.0 assists per game. This year looks promising for the UCLA product. Playing next to Anthony Davis should do wonders for Holiday's assist numbers, and a healthy Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans should force defenses to stay honest and not converge on Holiday. It's easy to forget that just one season ago Holiday was a 22-year-old All-Star with the Philadelphia 76ers, primed to take the next step with his new club. Health willing, this could be a big season for Holiday.
Holiday broke out in 2012-13, posting career highs all over the stat sheet and reaching the All-Star Game for the first time. But the Sixers – in the midst of one of the most obvious tank-jobs in NBA history – opted to ship the 23-year-old to New Orleans for the draft rights to Nerlens Noel. Holiday's role might be very different with the Pelicans. In Philly, he was the unquestioned floor leader and initiator of the offense, and he struggled with that role at times. His 3.7 turnovers per game average was second only to James Harden's last season. But the Pelicans' roster is much deeper and more talented than the 2012-13 Sixers, and features several guards – including Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans and Austin Rivers – that might not be pure point guards, but who can take some of that responsibility off Holiday's shoulders. Coach Monty Williams has suggested that Holiday will play off the ball at times, something he did in Philly when Andre Iguodala was serving as "point forward."
Holiday seemed to be well on his way toward joining the ranks of the truly elite point guards, but he hit a bit of a plateau last season. His overall stats took a minor across-the-board hit last season despite good percentages, and he still hasn't matured into the elite ball-hawk many expected he'd become out of UCLA. Consistency is one of his biggest problems. Holiday can be very streaky. The Sixers offense will have a very different look this season. Last year, they were all about sharing the ball and had a glut of ball handlers on the roster. Lou Williams led the team in scoring with an average under 15 points per game. But the addition of Andrew Bynum and several space-the-floor wing shooters would seem to indicate a move toward a more inside-out style focused on Bynum. It will be interesting to see how well Holiday adapts to that, and how well he plays with Evan Turner, a pretty good passer who will get more run now that Andre Iguodala is a Denver Nugget.
Holiday established himself as the Sixers’ franchise player in his second season, starting all 82 games and establishing new career-best marks in nearly every column on the stat sheet. He finished the year particularly well, averaging 14.7 points and 8.3 dimes in April – a stretch that includes three double-doubles in the final six games of the regular season. And did we mention – he wasn’t old enough to drink until June? This season, he could take his place among the next generation of top point guards, particularly if Andre Iguodala is dealt as anticipated. With elite quickness and the wingspan of a hang glider, he averaged 1.45 steals per game last season – good for 16th in the league. With another year’s experience, he should moon-walk into the top 10. His three-point shot has room for improvement as well. He hit 39 percent from three as a rookie, but converted 36.5 percent – on about three times as many attempts – last season. Our only area of concern: the Sixers are reportedly interested in acquiring Monta Ellis when NBA business resumes, and sharing the backcourt with a high-usage player could cut into Holiday’s attempts.
As the Sixers' representative at this spring's draft lottery, Holiday was visibly relieved when his team slipped to second in the draft. His reaction was understandable; picking second meant he'd get Evan Turner as a teammate, and wouldn't have to compete with John Wall for the starting point guard spot. Holiday locked up the gig with a strong finish to the 2009-10 season, holding down the fort after the ill-considered Allen Iverson experiment ended and posting averages of 10.7 points and 7.4 assists in April. He should be able to improve last year's 1.1 steals per game average – he came into the league with the reputation of being an outstanding defender, and though he stands 6-3, he has a 6-7 wingspan that should allow him to disrupt passes with ease.
Holiday played both guard positions at UCLA, and is likely to do the same for Philadelphia, at least initially. His biggest strength at this stage of his career is his defense – he’s 6-4, but has a wingspan of 6-7, which should make life very difficult for opposing guards this season. He has a good handle and can get into the paint, but struggled mightily with his shot at UCLA. Look for Holiday to get the bulk of his minutes off the bench initially, backing Lou Williams at the point and Willie Green at the two.
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Scores 10 points
GNew Orleans Pelicans
July 22, 2020
Holiday finished with 10 points (4-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-3 FT), one rebound, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes during Wednesday's 99-68 win over the Nets.
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Goes for 37 in win
GNew Orleans Pelicans
March 8, 2020
Holiday put up a season-high 37 points (13-20 FG, 3-8 3P, 8-9 FT), nine rebounds and eight assists in Sunday's win over Minnesota.
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Team-high 20 points
GNew Orleans Pelicans
March 6, 2020
Holiday piled up 20 points (7-13 FG, 3-5 3pt, 3-6 FT), six assists, six rebounds, three steals and a block in Friday night's 110-104 win over Miami.
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Posts triple-double
GNew Orleans Pelicans
March 4, 2020
Holiday registered 27 points (10-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-9 FT), 12 assists and 10 rebounds in 38 minutes during Tuesday's 139-134 loss to the Timberwolves.
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Scores 11 in loss to Lakers
GNew Orleans Pelicans
March 1, 2020
Holiday accrued 11 points (4-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six assists, five rebounds and one steal in 38 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Lakers.
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