The New Orleans Pelicans didn't falter after star power forward Anthony Davis went down with a non-dislocated fracture in his left, non-shooting, hand. They actually got stronger. Put in a situation where a lot of teams would buckle, the Pelicans turned to super-sub Ryan Anderson, and he helped overcome the loss on Davis by shooting the Pelicans to a 103-99 victory at Madison Square Gordon. Anderson played 36 minutes and scored a season-high 31 points on 11-of-21 shooting, including 7-for-11 from 3-point range. He also six rebounds. "He is just Ryan," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "Ryan is a starter. When he comes into the game, he doesn't think like a bench guy. He thinks, 'I'm playing 35 minutes and I have to do my job.' "Obviously we don't expect him to score 31 points. But I'll take it. That's his mentality every single night. He can score the ball. And he just has a way of staying with it even when he takes a shot that I don't necessarily like I can coach him and stay on him and it doesn't mess with him. He keeps his positive attitude." For a moment down the stretch, it appeared the Pelicans wouldn't be able to overcome the loss of Davis. The Knicks had gotten hot and taken a 93-88 lead on a 3-pointer by Tim Hardaway Jr. with 6:24 remaining, and the Madison Square Garden crowd of 19,812 was loud and into the game. But with Anderson's hot shooting able to keep them close, the Pelicans (8-8) closed the game on a 15-6 run. Along the way, they limited the Knicks (3-13) to just one field goal in their final 13 attempts, as the Pelicans picked up their second straight victory. Anderson said he was simply doing his part after losing Davis, who is the team's leading scorer and rebounder. Williams said the team had no timetable yet for Davis' return.
Ryan Anderson steps up leading Pelicans to 103-99 win over Knicks
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Dec 2