Davis, Cousins lead Pelicans' rout of Suns
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 25, 2017 01:27 PM
FILE - NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 3: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans dunks the ball during the game against the San Antonio Spurs on March 3, 2017 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHOENIX (AP) - Anthony Davis had 23 points and nine rebounds, DeMarcus Cousins added 19 points and 10 boards and the New Orleans Pelicans routed the Phoenix Suns `115-91 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Davis and Cousins sat out the fourth quarter, watching from the bench long after the outcome had been decided in the Pelicans' most one-sided victory of the season.
New Orleans, coming off consecutive home victories over Oklahoma City and San Antonio, won its third straight with ease.
Phoenix never mounted any threat after the opening minutes. The Pelicans led by a dozen after one quarter and 30 at the half.
Jrue Holliday scored 18 points for the Pelicans, whose 72 points in the first two quarters was their highest-scoring half of the season.
T.J. Warren had 18 points, and Tyler Ulis 17 for Phoenix.
New Orleans was up 72-42 at the break, shooting 58 percent against the listless Suns, who ended a stretch of nine of 10 games at home.
Davis and Cousins scored 15 apiece in the first half.
The Pelicans made 9-of-14 three's in the first half, led by Darius Miller's 3-of-5. By contrast, Phoenix was 2-of-13 from three-point range in the first half and wound up 2-of-20.
Devin Booker made just 4-of-13 shots for Phoenix, missed all five of his three-point tries, and scored 13.
The Suns led 13-9 after Ulis' 13-foot floater in the lane, then the Pelicans began their offensive onslaught.
New Orleans scored on seven consecutive possessions in a 16-2 run to go on top 25-15 on Cousins' driving finger-roll layup with 3:17 left in the first quarter.
The rout was on.
That run reached 33-10 when Miller sank a triple to make it 42-23 with 8:46 left in the half. The Pelicans outscored the Suns 30-19 the rest of the half.
New Orleans led by as many as 36 in the third quarter.
Pelicans: New Orleans won 3-of-4 against the Suns last season. Two went to into OT, a win for each team. ... Pelicans matched their season best with their third straight win.
Suns: Suns started a "twin tower" lineup of Greg Monroe and Tyson Chandler to try to combat the inside game of Cousins and Davis. ... Phoenix ended a stretch where 9-of-10 games were at home. Suns were 2-7 in those home contests.
Pelicans: At Golden State on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).
Suns: Phoenix opens a six-game trip Sunday (Monday, PHL time) at Minnesota.