Davis' three-pointer, 41 points drive Pelicans past Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY – Anthony Davis' first three-pointer of the season — a double-clutch attempt with Kevin Durant and another defender coming at him — beat the buzzer and capped a 41-point performance that lifted the New Orleans Pelicans over the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-113 in a thrilling game between Western Conference rivals fighting to reach the playoffs.
"If you don't want to be great, step aside and let somebody else be great," Davis said. "Everybody just wanted to be great tonight."
Davis also grabbed 10 rebounds and outdueled Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who scored a career-high 48 points. He made three free throws with 1.2 seconds left to tie the score before Davis' buzzer-beater.
•CAVS' RUN STOPS: C.J. Miles had 26 points, George Hill converted a key four-point play and the Indiana Pacers ended the Cleveland Cavaliers' 12-game winning streak, 103-99 in Indianapolis. Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 29 points and five assists.
•LONG-RANGE ROCKETS: James Harden scored 33 and the Houston Rockets hit 15 three-pointers to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 117-111. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with a career-high 27 points and 15 rebounds.
•FINALS REMATCH: Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and host San Antonio beat the Miami Heat 98-85 in their first meeting since the Spurs' dominating performance in the NBA Finals. Tony Parker added 21 points and Tim Duncan had 10 and 12 rebounds for his 24th double-double of the season.
•COMING FROM WAAAY BACK: DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Kyle Lowry had 21 and the host Toronto Raptors rallied from a 20-point deficit to beat the Clippers 123-107, handing slumping Los Angeles its fourth loss in five games.
•WIN ONE FOR THE NEW GUY: Tobias Harris had a career-high 34 points and the host Orlando Magic ended a 10-game losing streak with a 103-97 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in James Borrego's debut as interim coach. Borrego took over for Jacque Vaughn, who was fired Thursday.
•THE WILT CONNECTION: Norm Drucker, the only NBA referee to toss Wilt Chamberlain from a game, died Friday. He was 94. Drucker worked NBA games from 1953-69, ABA games from 1969-76 and served stints as supervisor of officials in each league. His most famous call came in 1962 when he called a second technical foul on Chamberlain, then with the Philadelphia Warriors. The ejection was the only one of the Hall of Fame center's career.