Late in the fourth quarter, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis took the ball and drove the lane for a dunk that forced the crowd to rise to their feet in jubilation. It was a crucial play that helped extend the Pelicans’ lead to eight and seemingly took them out of danger from losing against the Orlando Magic with 1:24 remaining in the game. Behind Davis' 22 points, career-high 19 rebounds and seven blocks, the Pelicans beat the Orlando Magic 100-92 on Sunday night before 17,197 at the New Orleans Arena. No other player in franchise history has achieved the totals Davis had against the Magic. ``It's a great feeling to be able to accomplish something like this,'' Davis said. ``I know that I have to keep fighting and keep playing to win for my team.'' Davis also got plenty of help from Pelicans swingman Tyreke Evans, who scored 13 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter. Evans returned to the lineup after missing Friday night's game against the Detroit Pistons because of flu-like symptoms. Behind the combined effort of Davis and Evans, the Pelicans (18-25) ended a six-game home losing streak. ``Any win is a good win,'' Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. ``But as far as Anthony is concerned, his ability to play on both ends and make plays that sometimes you draw up and a lot of time, it's just his ability. He played heavy minutes (40). To come up with 19 rebounds, seven blocked shots and then buckets down the stretch; a lot of it was his jump shot wasn't clicking, so he attacked the basket.'' It was Evans' toss to Davis that ended on his alley-oop dunk with 2:42 remaining that gave the Pelicans a six-point lead after the Magic had closed to 94-90 after rookie guard Victor Oladipo made a foul shot. In the final 3:28 Davis carried the Pelicans with a steal and two dunks. He closed with a block, two steals, four points and a rebound. Davis, who is hoping to be selected to next month's NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans as a reserve, made his presence felt early defensively. He blocked three shots in the first quarter, including a 3-point attempt by guard E’Twaun Moore. Playing aggressive on both ends, Davis had already achieved a double-double by halftime with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Pelicans beat Magic 100-92 behind Anthony Davis' stellar performance
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Jan 27