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>>caption: IT WAS JUST A WALK IN
THE PARK FOR ANTHONY DAVIS<<
@ LITTLE CAESARS ARENA:
Anthony Davis picked on the
Pistons, scoring 38-P with 10-RB,
to lead the New Orleans Pelicans
to a 118-103 Monday night win.
Davis and a continuing lack of
Detroit defense sent the Pistons to a third straight defeat that followed the
euphoria of a five game winning streak in the aftermath of the Blake Griffin
Davis has a 30.4-PPG career average against Detroit, his best against
any NBA team, including a career-best 59-P game two seasons ago.
Davis sank a step-back jumper for a 56-44 New Orleans lead with 3:22
left in the 2nd-QTR and DeAndre Liggins laid-up a bucket 17-sec later for
his only 2-P and a 58-44 Pelicans margin. (Liggins limped to the locker room
shortly before intermission with a bruised left thigh and DNP the rest of
the night.) Davis had 10-P in the 2nd-QTR and 19-P at halftime when New
Orleans held a 60-52 advantage.
The Pistons got as close as 72-68 on Griffin's 3-pointer with 5:32 to go
in the 3rd-QTR before a Davis 3-point play completed a 13-2 run and boosted
the Birds to an 85-70 bulge with 3:01 to play in the period. It was 95-78
on a Nikola Mirotic triple with 16.2-sec showing. Detroit's Andre Drummond
made a hook shot just before the buzzer to make it 95-80.
The teams played even in the 4th-Qtr where Davis scored 13 of New
The Pistons unsuccessfully attempted to defend Davis with both Griffin
and Drummond to no avail. Davis was was 14-of-24 from the field including
3-for-6 on triple tries.
Jrue Holiday had 21-P and a game-high 12-A. Mirotic totaled 21-P & 12-RB.
Darius Miller added 12-P for New Orleans.
Griffin led Detroit with 22-P and surpassed the 11,000 career points plateau.
Drummond scored 13-P with a game-high 21-RB. Reggie Bullock had 14-P and,
in his second game as a Piston, Jameer Nelson scored 12-P. Ish Smith added
11-P and Stanley Johnson 10-P.
New Orleans won back-to-back games for the first time since losing
All-Star CEN DeMarcus Cousins to a torn left Achilles tendon. The Pelicans
are 3-5 in that span.
However, with Davis pouring in the points, New Orleans has won 11 of
its last 12 from the Pistons.
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