In the past month, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis had been carrying the offensive load and dominating games.

However, the Pelicans were forced to carry on without him for all but the opening four minutes of Friday night'€™s 102-95 victory against the Utah Jazz at the Smoothie King Center.

Davis left the game early in the first quarter to a left ankle injury, according to the team, and he did not return.Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said Davis' injury was from wear and tear and wasn't on a particular play during the game.

Davis was seen grimacing during the Pelicans'€™ first few possessions of the game.Shortly after he missed a 19-footer jumper, Davis was taken out and went to the locker room. Afterwards, he was seen walking on crutches and his status is uncertain for Saturday night's road game against the San Antonio Spurs.

''It was tough not having him, but we have to wait and see what happens with the medical stuff,'' said Pelicans coach Monty Williams, regarding Davis who was set to undergo tests on his ankle to determine the extent of the problem.

Without Davis, the Pelicans were back to having only nine available players for the second consecutive game.

But they played with resolve and several of their role players like Austin Rivers, Darius Miller and Luke Babbitt were productive.

Guards Tyreke Evans and Anthony Morrow were the team'€™s offensive leaders, though. Evans scored 22 points and had a career-high 15 assists.Morrow made 7-of-11 shots for 20 points, his second consecutive game scoring at least 20. He scored 27 on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.

''Even when he's (Davis) there, we always tell each other to be aggressive,'' said Evans, who has scored at least 20 points in 15 games. ''I knew he couldn't really go on the first play. He didn't look like he wanted to move when he shot the ball. Hopefully, he can better because we need him.''

With wins against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Clippers, the Pelicans (32-40) extended their winning streak to five consecutive games. It'€™s the first time they have won that many games in a row since January 2011, which was Williams'™ first season with the franchise. With 10 games remaining, the Pelicans have won nine of their past 12 games.

Despite their late-season surge, Pelicans starting point guard Brian Roberts missed his second consecutive game with a bone bruise in his left knee and staring shooting guard Eric Gordon missed his fourth consecutive game because of tendinitis in his left knee.

With both sidelined, Evans earned his second consecutive start at point guard and Morrow started at shooting guard.

''I understand that when the moment comes and the opportunity presents itself, I have to be ready,'' Morrow said. ''Just like when I wasn't playing, I did the workouts, kept the same mentality and showed the leadership on and off the court. So, I'm going to help the team no matter what.''

During the Pelicans'€™ four-game winning streak, Davis had averaged 26.0 points and 12.2 rebounds. And Davis had scored at least 20 points in nine consecutive games until the streak ended on Wednesday night when he finished with 16 points in the Pelicans'€™ 98-96 victory against the Clippers on Wednesday night.