LOS ANGELES (dpa) – The New Orleans Pelicans stepped up after their big man went out.
Tyreke Evans had a season-high 31 points with 10 assists, Ryan Anderson drained eight triples en- route to 30 points Friday, and the Pelicans overcame the loss of Anthony Davis to defeat the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 119-114.
The All-Star centre left the game midway the first quarter after suffering a chest contusion from an errant elbow thrown while fighting for position under the basket and did not return. X-rays were negative.
“We just tried to make it a team effort,” Evans said. “We know AD is the leader of this team. We had to fight every step of the way.
Hopefully, he’s OK and can come back and play with us.”
Jrue Holiday added 16 points and eight assists for New Orleans (11-11), winners in three of its last four games LeBron James dropped in 41 points for Cleveland (13-9) after sitting out Thursday’s loss at Oklahoma City with left knee soreness. Kevin Love had 21 while Kyrie Irving added 17.
“I’m trying not to think about it while I’m out there,” James said of the knee. “I just try to go out and play.”
After trailing by 19 late in the third quarter, the Cavs rallied behind 17 points from Irving, and drew to within 112-107 on a James Jones 3-pointer from the right wing with 54.8 seconds left.
The Pelicans responded, though. Luke Babbitt buried a triple of his own from straight-away with 39.1 seconds to put the game away.
“This was a game that we knew that we had to fight extra hard without (Davis),” Anderson said. “This was a huge win for us so I’m really happy with the way we played.”
Wizards 104 LA Clippers 96
Bradley Beal poured in a season-high 29 points, John Wall added 10 with 11 assists, and the Wizards (16-6) ended the visiting Clippers’ (16-6) nine-game winning streak in the wire-to-wire win.
LA Lakers 112 Spurs 110(OT)
Nick Young netted 29 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds left in overtime, Kobe Bryant added 22, and the visiting Lakers (7-16) surprised the Spurs. Tim Duncan had 19 points and 18 rebounds while Manu Ginobili and Danny Green netted 18 apiece for San Antonio (16-7), which had won its previous six home games.
Grizzlies 113 Hornets 107 (2OT)
Zach Randolph scored 20 points, Mike Conley added six of his 19 in the second overtime, and the Grizzlies (20-4) outlasted the visiting Hornets (6-17) who received 28 points from Kemba Walker.
NY Knicks 101 Boston Celtics 96
Carmelo Anthony tossed in 22 points, including a pair of game-sealing free throws with 16 seconds left, and the visiting Knicks (5-20) stopped a 10-game slide after beating the Celtics (7-14) despite Jeff Green’s game-high 28 points.
Detroit Pistons 105 Phoenix Suns 103
Andre Drummond collected 23 points with 14 rebounds, and the visiting Pistons (4-19) snapped their 13-game losing streak while sending the Suns (12-12) to a fourth straight loss.
Thunder 111 Timberwolves 92
Russell Westbrook netted 34 points, Steven Adams added a season-high 15 with 11 rebounds, and the visiting Thunder (9-13) rolled to a fifth straight win after trouncing the T-Wolves (5-17).
Chicago Bulls 115 Trail Blazers 106
Derrick Rose scored a season-high 31 points, Spanish star Pau Gasol added 13 with 10 rebounds, and the Bulls (14-8) broke a seven-game slide to the visiting Trail Blazers (17-6), who wasted 35-point efforts from both LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard.
Brooklyn Nets 88 Sixers 70
Mason Plumlee collected a season-high 18 points with 10 rebounds, and the Nets used a 25-10 fourth quarter to pull away from league-worst Sixers (2-20) despite Robert Covington’s 20 points.
Atlanta Hawks 87 Orlando Magic 81
Paul Millsap scored 23 points, Al Horford added 17 and the hot Hawks (16-6) soared to a ninth straight win after trimming the visiting Magic (9-16) who received 21 from Victor Oladipo.
Raptors 106 Indiana Pacers 94
Lou Williams fired in 26 points and the East-best Raptors (17-6) sent the visiting Pacers (7-16) to a seventh straight setback.
Miami Heat 100 Utah Jazz 95
Dwyane Wade scored 29 points, Chris Bosh added 22, and the Heat (11-12) beat the Jazz (6-17) to complete a 2-3 road trip.