Davis powers Pelicans past Lakers
Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans were off and running the moment Kobe Bryant’s 20-foot jumper bounced off the rim and into the hands of 7-foot Pelicans center Omer Asik.
Evans took the outlet pass, drove forcefully toward the left side of the lane and then flicked aloft an underhanded lob that Davis threw down for a crowd-pleasing, alley-oop dunk.
Solid defense against the only significant scoring threat the reeling Los Angeles Lakers possess right now created opportunities for New Orleans to run. Davis had 25 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots, and the Pelicans opened a 23-point lead on their way to a 109-102 victory Wednesday night.
Evans had 19 points and 11 assists for New Orleans one game after going 2-for-14 in a loss at Cleveland on Monday night.
Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday each added 17 points for New Orleans.
Bryant finished with 33, the most a player has scored against New Orleans this season, but had to take 28 shots to do it. He missed 18, one night after setting the NBA record for most missed field goals in a career.
Pacers outwork Heat 81-75
Chris Copeland scored 17 points and put Indiana ahead to stay on a layup with 43 seconds left, Roy Hibbert added 16 points and 15 rebounds and the undermanned Pacers beat the Heat 81-75 on Wednesday night.
Indiana – which saw each of its last three seasons end with playoff losses to Miami – held the Heat to 17 points or less in each of the final three quarters, plus outrebounded Miami 53-28. The Heat even struggled when the Pacers struggled on defense; Miami missed 10 of its 18 free throws.
Donald Sloan added 15 points for Indiana, which has won two straight after a 1-6 start.
Ian Mahinmi’s three-point play with 7 minutes left put Indiana up 72-65, then its largest lead of the night. Miami scored the next seven to tie it, then knotted the game again at 75 before Indiana closed on a 6-0 run.
Shawne Williams scored 15 for Miami. Chris Bosh was held to a season-low nine, on 3 for 13 shooting.
Results: Detroit Pistons 103 Washington Wizards 107, Utah Jazz 97 vs Atlanta Hawks 100, Oklahoma City Thunder 109 Boston Celtics 94, Indiana Pacers 81 Miami Heat 75, Orlando Magic 97 New York Knicks 95, Los Angeles Lakers 102 New Orlean Pelicans 109, Portland Blazers 130 Denver Nuggets 113, Brooklyn Nets 104 Phoenix Suns 112, Houston Rockets 113 Minnesota Timberwolves 101
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