Anthony Davis scores 36 in Pelicans’ win over Portland: Last stats


The New Orleans Pelicans didn’t have Anthony Davis in their last game because of an ankle injury, but he made sure his presence was felt on Friday night.

The star forward had 36 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter to lead the Pelicans to a 119-113 win over the Portland Trail Blazers  at the Smoothie King Center.

The victory improves New Orleans’ record to 21-20 and it’s the first time the team has held a record over .500 at the midway point of the season since 2010-11.

New Orleans came into the night 1.5 games behind Portland (22-20) in the Western Conference standings, but the Pelicans have won two of their three matchups against the Blazers so far this season.

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday came in scoring less than 15 points in four of his last five games, but he finished with 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting. DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists.

The Pelicans came out sloppy to start the second half and allowed the Blazers to jump out to an eight-point lead early on, but they took control again once they settled down and started feeding their top scorers.

Davis, Cousins and Holiday scored 19 of the team’s 27 points in the third, and despite turning the ball over seven times in the period, New Orleans took an 88-86 lead into the fourth quarter.

Davis took charge in the final period with his play in the paint and five of his six baskets in the period came in the paint.

Portland guard Shabazz Napier made a layup with just one two minutes left to cut the Pelicans’ lead to 109-105. 

Bu the Pelicans made enough plays in the end to finish off the game and made all six of their free throws in the final minutes.

Blazers guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum each had 23 points, while Al-Farouq Aminu had 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Portland shot 12-of-42 from the three-point line as a team.

Davis and Cousins got off to a slow start on the offensive end, missing eight of their first 10 shots from the field, but Holiday picked up his aggression and gave the team some life.

He scored 12 points in the opening frame on 6-of-6 shooting and powered the Pelicans’ 16-2 run that put them up 27-21 late in the first.

The Pelicans maintained their six-point lead going into the second and built it up to 16 points before the Trail Blazers started closing in. 

Portland scored 36 points in the second quarter, including a combined 21 from Lillard and Aminu, and went into halftime tied with New Orleans at 61.

In his last 13 games, Davis is averaging 28.0 points and 9.5 rebounds on 56.4 percent shooting.

The Pelicans also shot 54.9 percent from the field, improving their record to 16-4 when they make at least half of their field-goal attempts. They also turned the ball over 18 times and gave up 28 points off of those mistakes.

Killer crossover: One of the biggest plays of the night was when Davis did a behind-the-back move that left two Blazers defenders tumbling to the floor and he finished it with a three-point play over…



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