Sagging Pelicans lose Davis to injury
NEW ORLEANS – Ian Mahinmi had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers posted a 91-86 win over a reeling New Orleans Pelicans team that lost Anthony Davis to a lower back bruise early in the game Friday night.
Davis was hurt diving into the stands to stop a ball from going out of bounds on the defensive end. He went to the locker room soon after and never returned.
C.J. Miles scored 15, hitting a running hook inside the final 2 minutes to help Indiana hold on, while Paul George added 13 points and Monta Ellis 10.
Tyreke Evans scored 27 for New Orleans, which has lost four out of five. Ryan Anderson scored 21 points and Jrue Holiday 15.
The game was sloppy often. Indiana turned the ball over 25 times, but New Orleans converted those possessions into just 10 points. By contrast, the Pacers scored 18 points off of 16 New Orleans turnovers.
The Pacers also outscored New Orleans 50-32 in the paint.
The Pelicans led nearly all of the third quarter, but never by more than six. The Pacers closed to 70-68 at the end of the quarter on Rodney Stuckey's horn-beating, end-to-end layup against full-court pressure.
• JOHN JOHNSON DEAD AT 68: John Johnson, a two-time All-Star forward with the Cleveland Cavaliers who helped the Seattle SuperSonics win the 1979 NBA title, died Thursday in San Jose, Calif., at age 68. The cause of death wasn't known. The former University of Iowa star and Milwaukee native was drafted seventh overall by Cleveland in 1970, and made All-Star appearances for the Cavaliers in 1971 and '72. He averaged 12.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 12 seasons with Cleveland, Portland, Houston and Seattle. He averaged career highs of 17.0 points and 7.7 rebounds for Cleveland in 1971-72.
• MIDDLETON SAVES DAY: Khris Middleton's driving layup with less than 10 seconds to play carried host Milwaukee to a 96-95 victory over Dallas. Middleton scored 27 points as the Bucks ended Dallas' six-game winning streak against them. Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and Milwaukee-area native Devin Harris came off the bench for a season-high 19 points for the Mavericks.
• NO WINS IN BROOKLYN: Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic each scored 20 points to lead Orlando to an 83-77 victory over Brooklyn, which has lost nine consecutive home games. Brooklyn hasn't won at home since a 100-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 10. The Nets' team record is 14 consecutive home losses set in 2009-10, when they finished 12-70 while playing in New Jersey.
• SUPER NINTENDO CHALMERS: Zach Randolph scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half and Mario Chalmers made a pair of three-pointers in the final 90 seconds to lead host Memphis to a 91-84 victory over Denver. Chalmers scored 12 points in the game, with eight in the last 90 seconds to keep the Nuggets at bay.
• BIG NIGHT FOR DEROZAN: DeMar DeRozan scored 21 of his season-high 35 points in the second half, Kyle Lowry had 21 points and 10 assists, and Toronto beat host Washington 97-88. The Raptors overcame a season-high 23 turnovers.