The reins and restrictions placed on New Orleans Pelicans second-year forward Anthony Davis during his rookie season have been loosened if not totally taken off during this preseason.

Davis the No. 1 player taken in last year's NBA draft is being allowed by coach Monty Williams to do what he was brought to New Orleans to do – be a star.

He certainly shined Monday night.

Davis was splendid in scoring a game-high 25 points and grabbing seven rebounds in 24 minutes helping the Pelicans to a 94-92 victory against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.

"I'm just playing basketball" said Davis whose night ended after banging knees with a Mavericks player in the fourth period. "I'm going out there and having fun. If I see something open I'm going to attack it. I'm not going out there trying to force anything. I'm getting my team the ball and going out there and trying to get the win."

Pelicans forward Jason Smith said he is noticing a change in Davis who made 11 of 19 field-goal attempts.

"He's doing a good job" Smith said. "He worked really hard this offseason. He's getting out there and attacking the basket. And his jump shot is really improved. He's really a lot more aggressive and we need him to be."

Williams agreed.

"He's not worried about making mistakes" Williams said. "He's attacking when he needs to and he's worked on his game and that gives you a level of confidence like none other."

Perhaps the win wouldn't have occurred without backup point guard Brian Roberts who helped clinch the victory by scoring all of his 17 points in the fourth quarter including the Pelicans' last seven points.

Roberts who had been nursing a sprained right ankle was questionable for the game. But he took over with his playmaking and shooting down the stretch.

"I was just using minutes to get rust off and attack" said Roberts who didn't play in the preseason opener at Houston on Saturday. "I wanted to stay in attack mode and I was able to knock down some shots."