Anthony Davis sidelined again after injuring left knee

NEW ORLEANS — Pelicans forward Anthony Davis exited after the first half of New Orleans’ 117-112 loss to Portland on Friday night and did not return because of a left knee injury.

Davis scored 19 points in the first half and did not appear to be in significant pain, but at times appeared to have a slight limp and winced a couple times before being subbed out with 51 seconds left in the second quarter.

The Pelicans announced the injury during the third quarter and that Davis was doubtful to return. Ryan Anderson began the second half in Davis’ usual power forward spot.

”Basically it’s just a sore left knee,” said Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, whose team has lost nine of 11 to fall all but mathematically out of playoff contention. ”There’s no reason for us to take any kind of chances with him now so that’s why we just held him out. I didn’t think it made sense to stick him back out there.”

Damian Lillard scored 33 points to help Portland recover from a blown 20-point lead and finish off New Orleans.

Davis, a three-time All-Star who turned 22 this month, entered the game averaging 24.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.