NBA wrap: Anthony Davis' explosion leads Pelicans past Knicks

Davis' fifth career game with at least 45 points and 15 rebounds led the Pelicans to the comeback win.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts during a match against New York Knicks.   -  USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Davis has been battling a litany of injuries this season, but he reminded everyone on Sunday why his presence on the court is so coveted. The Pelicans (22-20) trailed the Knicks by 14 points entering the fourth quarter, but Davis led a charge to help New Orleans claim a 123-118 overtime victory.

Davis scored a season-high 48 points on 17-of-30 shooting with 17 rebounds to dominate the Knicks. Davis also added four steals and three blocks, for his fifth career game with at least 45 points and 15 rebounds.

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Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday added 31 points with five rebounds, four assists and four steals, and DeMarcus Cousins registered a double-double, scoring 15 points with 16 rebounds and seven steals. The Pelicans finished the game with 17 steals, overall.

Davis played a season-high 50 minutes Sunday, proving the Pelicans' coaching staff believes he fully healthy and ready to lead the team into the postseason.


Timberwolves stars Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota to a 120-103 win over the Trail Blazers. Towns scored 20 points with 11 rebounds, while Butler added 24 points with five rebounds and four assists. Towns now has a double-double in nine straight games.


The Bucks: As one of the contenders in the Eastern Conference, Milwaukee laid down a dud Sunday, losing 97-79 against the Heat. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 22 points, but the Bucks mustered just 12 bench points in the blowout loss.


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Warriors (35-9) at Cavaliers (26-16) — A rematch of the last three NBA finals pits the red-hot Warriors against the faltering Cavs. Cleveland has dropped seven of its last nine games, struggling offensively since Isaiah Thomas' return. Golden State has rarely been fully healthy this season, but still lead the Western Conference.

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