Davis' big night lifts Pelicans past Knicks in OT

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 15, 2018 07:34 AM
Davis' big night lifts Pelicans past Knicks in OT
New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis, right, and New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis fight for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Davis scored a season-high 48 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, leading the New Orleans Pelicans back from 19 points down late in the third quarter to a 123-118 overtime victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

Jrue Holiday added 31 points, and DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points, 16 rebounds, seven steals and five assists and for the Pelicans. They were down 16 after one, even further back late in the third and still down nine with 4.5 minutes left in regulation.

But they kept coming and Holiday had three baskets and a couple free throws in OT to help them finish it off.

Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored 25 points for the Knicks, who lost their third straight and 10th in their last 12 games. Jarrett Jack had a season-high 22 points, and Enes Kanter finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

It was a miserable way to finish a rare January home game for the Knicks, who begin a seven-game, coast-to-coast trip Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) in Brooklyn that has them away for two weeks.

The Knicks seemed in control late in a high-scoring third quarter, when they outscored the Pelicans 39-34. Hardaway’s jumper gave New York a 96-77 lead with 1:22 remaining in the period, but New Orleans then went on a 17-4 run — which would have been even bigger if Davis’ fullcourt heave was launched earlier instead of after the third-quarter buzzer — to cut it 100-94 midway through the fourth.

The Knicks pushed the lead back to nine with about 4.5 minutes left, but the Pelicans finished regulation with a 13-4 charge, tying the game on Davis’ basket with 3.5 seconds remaining. New Orleans then nearly won it, as E’Twaun Moore stole an inbounds pass and launched a three-pointer that rimmed out at the buzzer.

Holiday put New Orleans ahead for good with 1:52 to play and Davis had the next basket, making it 120-117.

The Knicks, playing the first of back-to-back afternoon starts, jumped to a 29-13 lead after one quarter.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Davis has scored at least 35 points in each of his last three games at Madison Square Garden. ... PG Jameer Nelson missed the game for personal reasons. ... The Pelicans signed guard Mike James to a two-way contract. James played 32 games for Phoenix this season, making 10 starts and averaging 10.4 points. He became the first player to have a two-way contract converted to a standard one-year NBA deal in December but was waived later in the month.

Knicks: The Knicks signed former lottery pick Trey Burke, who had been playing for their G League affiliate and was second in the league with 26.6 points per game. The No. 9 selection in the 2013 draft was voted to the All-Rookie first team while playing for Utah. He has averaged 10.6 points and 3.6 assists in 267 career games with the Jazz and Washington.

BURKE’S BACK

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said during the summer Burke told the Knicks he was interested in playing for their G League team and learning their system, rather than signing a deal with another NBA team. Hornacek speculated that may have been because the Knicks’ point guard situation was unsettled at the time and maybe Burke saw an opportunity, but Burke explained otherwise.

“I think I wanted to just start from scratch, kind of recreate my brand, recreate and show what I can do on a night in and night out basis with consistent minutes,” Burke said. “I think going down there, a lot of people look at it as a knock, but for me, I went down there, it was more so like a growing period for me. I kind of wanted to start over.”

BIG MEN ON CAMPUS

The game featured three straight winners of the AP college basketball Player of the Year award. Davis won in 2012 for NCAA champion Kentucky, Burke won the next year when Michigan was the runner-up, and the Knicks’ Doug McDermott won in 2014 at Creighton.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: At Boston on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).

Knicks: At Brooklyn on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).

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