When the New Orleans Pelicans needed a closer in the fourth quarter to take over the game Friday night against the Lakers, second-year forward Anthony Davis stepped to the forefront. With his team holding a narrow two-point lead with six minutes remaining, Davis made sure the momentum stayed in their favor by dominating the remainder of the game. He soared for dunks and defended tough to carry the Pelicans to a 96-85 victory against the Lakers in front of a sellout crowd of 18,209 that included NBA commissioner David Stern at the New Orleans Arena. Davis scored 11 of his career-high 32 points in the fourth quarter. He made of 12-of-18 shots, grabbed 12 rebounds, six blocks and two steals. When Davis went to the free-throw line with 1:32 remaining and the Pelicans leading 95-81, the crowd chanted, ``MVP, MVP.’’ ``They were running to the wings, so I got a lot of easy dunks out of transition,'' Davis said. ``That's something we've got to continue doing. I'm just trying to take what the defense gives me.'' The victory ended the Lakers’ 11-game winning streak against the Pelicans that had lingered since the 2009-10 season. It was the Pelicans’ (3-3) first home victory after opening with losses against the Indiana Pacers and Phoenix Suns. The Lakers played without their star, Kobe Bryant, who is still recovering from Achilles surgery and there is no timetable on his return. But the Lakers came into Friday's game with momentum after making 16 3-pointers in Thursday's 99-98 victory against the Houston Rockets. But the Lakers didn't have anyone who could match Davis and his breakout performance. Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, came out blazing scoring seven points and grabbing five rebounds after the opening three minutes. But he didn't stop there. He had 15 by halftime on 6-of-9 shooting that enabled the Pelicans to take a 55-48 lead. In the fourth quarter, Davis started the momentum for the Pelicans by driving through the lane before soaring for a one-handed dunk that put the crowd in a frenzy. On the Pelicans' next possession, he soared again for a one-handed alley-oop dunk that extended the Pelicans' lead to 80-74 with with 5:35 remaining. Davis scored 17 points in the second half on 6-of-9 shooting.
Pelicans beat Lakers 96-85 behind Anthony Davis' game-high 32 points
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Nov 9