Pelicans' Davis on fire in LA

January 16, 2019
New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (right) dribbles against Los Angeles Clippers' Danilo Gallinari during the first half of their NBA basketball game on Monday night in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES (AP):

Anthony Davis missed his first five shots and scored just four points in the first quarter, announcing to his teammates on the bench that he was well below his best.

They didn't think so and they were right.

Davis finished with 46 points and 16 rebounds, Julius Randle scored 27 and the New Orleans Pelicans recovered after blowing a 20-point lead in the second half to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 121-117 on Monday night for just their second road win this season against a Western Conference team.

"I was missing some easy shots, but that doesn't discourage me. I just keep shooting the same shots," Davis said. "Once I was finding the rhythm they told me to go get the ball."

Davis and Randle combined to score 24 of their team's 28 points in the third quarter, when the Pelicans stretched their lead to 20.

But the Clippers chipped away, outscoring New Orleans 15-2 over the final 4.5 minutes to close to 94-88 heading into the fourth. And they weren't done yet.

Danilo Gallinari hit a 3-pointer off an inbounds pass from Patrick Beverley with 0.3 seconds left on the shot clock. Gallinari got fouled and made the free throw for a 101-100 lead, completing a 13-6 spurt that opened the quarter.

New Orleans quickly snatched the lead back. Darius Miller made a 3, launching a 15-6 run that included threes by Davis and Holiday and put the Pelicans back in front 115-106.

Davis made all 12 of his foul shots in the game, including four in a row to close it out.

Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Gallinari added 25 points, Tobias Harris had 21, Williams scored 18 and Beverley had 11 rebounds.

Monday's results: Brooklyn 109 Boston 102; Houston 112 Memphis 94; Charlotte 108 San Antonio 93; Utah 100 Detroit 94; Sacramento 115 Portland 107; New Orleans 121 L.A. Clippers 117.

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