12:50 AM ETAndrew LopezESPN NEW ORLEANS — For three quarters on Friday evening, issues had been going the New Orleans Pelicans’ manner towards the Phoenix Suns.The Pelicans carried an 11-point lead into the fourth quarter, and their offense was buzzing to the tune of 102 factors within the first 36 minutes. But video games are 48 minutes lengthy. And the ultimate 12 had been definitely ones the Pelicans wish to quickly neglect.The lead evaporated in 4 minutes. Then not even 4 minutes later, the Suns had been up double digits. When the ultimate horn sounded, the Suns joyously walked off the court docket with a 132-114 win, whereas the Pelicans headed to their locker room in a daze, making an attempt to determine what simply transpired.According to analysis by the Elias Sports Bureau, the 18-point defeat was the most important within the NBA within the shot-clock period (since 1954-55) for a workforce that entered the fourth quarter up double digits.So what occurred?”I noticed Chris Paul take management of the basketball sport,” Pelicans ahead Brandon Ingram mentioned.Paul completed with 15 factors, 19 assists and was plus-28 within the fourth quarter — and he did not even play 10 minutes. The veteran level guard helped the Suns seize management and by no means regarded again.”Man is orchestrating on the market. He is aware of what is going on on on the ground earlier than it even occurs,” Suns guard Devin Booker mentioned. “With him, the sport is rarely out of attain. The sport is rarely over till the horn sounds. He did a very good job of main us, retaining our composure all through the entire sport.”In that fourth quarter, it is a murals. The manner he was choosing aside their protection and making performs for others and on the identical time scoring when he needed to.”Paul was seemingly three steps forward of all the pieces the Pelicans needed to do within the fourth quarter. His falling 3-pointer over Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball with 4:41 left felt just like the dagger to place New Orleans away. He ran again up the court docket together with his teammates chasing him, as Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy referred to as a timeout to attempt to salvage one thing within the closing minutes.However, opposite to what social media advised within the second, Paul did not scream “I personal this place.””I mentioned I do know this place, I do know this place,” mentioned Paul, who performed in New Orleans for the primary six seasons of his profession. “I do know it. I do. I spent among the finest years of my life was taking part in right here in New Orleans.”While the Suns had been determining a option to come out with the victory, the Pelicans had been left making an attempt to determine how they let the sport slip away.”Just being within the sport, I feel us not getting stops type of demoralized on the offensive finish,” Ball mentioned. “Seeing them hit 3s again to again to again, we weren’t getting any ball motion or good pictures over the course of the fourth quarter. It simply obtained worse and worse.”Aside from the barrage of 3-pointers Phoenix was sending New Orleans’ manner, the Pelicans obtained sloppy with the basketball as nicely. After committing simply seven turnovers within the first three quarters, the Pelicans coughed it up six occasions within the first six minutes, resulting in 12 Phoenix factors.It’s an issue that has plagued New Orleans this season. With Friday’s loss, New Orleans falls to 12-9 this season in video games through which they’ve had a double-digit lead. That’s essentially the most losses after main by double digits within the NBA this season, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Information analysis.”The factor is when chaos is occurring, we gotta work out how you can cool down,” Ingram mentioned. “We have to have the ability to regulate through the sport.”Whatever defensive scheme, no matter we wanna do on the offensive finish to make our workforce the perfect workforce, that is what we have to do. After these losses, it is irritating. We haven’t got a lot to say. The coaches haven’t got a lot to say. You simply have a look at the movie and attempt to be higher tomorrow.”Van Gundy mentioned he would not assume his workforce’s difficulty is age.”A number of groups on this league have quarters like that,” Van Gundy mentioned. “I’ll by no means throw the younger card on the market. We’re a basketball workforce with actually proficient folks, and we did not get the job achieved within the fourth quarter.”He did name it a “disastrous quarter,” although. And it was. The minus-29 level differential was the most important for the Pelicans in any quarter in franchise historical past.”They had been hitting us with haymakers on the finish, then it simply snowballed,” Van Gundy added.Pelicans ahead Zion Williamson mentioned there’s just one option to deal with a loss like this.”Really, the factor for us is be taught from it,” the 20-year-old mentioned. “Honestly, I feel that is the perfect factor we are able to do. Learn from it.”