Davis lifts Pelicans over Grizzlies 95-92
- Associated Press
- January 20, 2014 - 7:10 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Anthony Davis scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half and grabbed 10 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 95-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.
Tyreke Evans added 15 points, 11 of them in the fourth quarter. He also had seven assists.
Brian Roberts scored 13 points and Eric Gordon finished with 12 for the short-handed Pelicans, who won for only the second time in January. Alexis Ajinca scored 10 points for New Orleans.
Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 23 points and a season-high 20 rebounds as Memphis saw an end to its five-game winning streak. Courtney Lee had 19 points and Marc Gasol finished with 14 points. Mike Conley had 13 for Memphis, which has lost all three games against the Pelicans this year.
The Pelicans won minus three key players — Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson and Jason Smith, all out with injuries.
Memphis lost on its annual game on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Grizzlies got within 93-91 when Lee hit a bank shot with a minute left, but Davis made a 15-footer with 35.6 seconds remaining.
Memphis struggled with turnovers, committing 18 to the Pelicans' 10. New Orleans led by 10 points in the first half.
Davis and Randolph both struggled in the first half before taking over the scoring for their teams in the third quarter.
Davis was 4 of 6 in the period and 7 of 8 from the line for 15 points in the quarter. Randolph hit 7 of 9 shots for 17 points, helping the Grizzlies take a 69-68 lead heading into the fourth.
New Orleans took the lead for good with nine unanswered points in the middle of the fourth, five of them coming from Evans.
NOTES: Memphis is 5-7 all-time in MLK games. ... As part of the MLK Day festivities, the Grizzlies honored former NBA players Jo Jo White, Dikembe Mutombo and Bernard King for their contributions to civil rights and human rights. ... The Pelicans also were without reserve G Anthony Morrow, who did not make the trip because of an undisclosed illness. ... Memphis is 0-10 against Southwest Division opponents. The Pelicans have won only three in the division, all against the Grizzlies.
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