The New Orleans Pelicans kept their win streak going in their
first game without Anthony Davis.
They’re going to have to get used to his absence.
The Pelicans announced this week that Davis will likely miss
four to six weeks because of a broken left hand, and they’ll try to
overcome his absence again as they seek a season-high fourth
straight win Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks.
Davis, averaging 18.8 points and 10.2 rebounds, suffered a
non-displaced fracture of his fifth metacarpal when he hit his hand
on the rim in the first quarter of a 103-99 victory in New York on
Sunday. Even without their leading rebounder and second-best
scorer, the Pelicans managed to outlast Chicago for a 131-128
victory in triple overtime the next night to sweep a three-game
Jrue Holiday converted the winning three-point play with 2.6
seconds left, and Ryan Anderson scored a career-best 36 points
while helping New Orleans (9-8) move above .500 for the first time
since a 3-2 start to last season.
“We just put our heart and soul into a game like this and it
takes a lot out of you. I’m proud of how we came back and won this
one, particularly without (Davis) and Greg (Stiemsma),” coach Monty
Williams said. “This win was really about the heart and character
of the guys in that locker room.”
Dallas (11-8) showed some grit of its own in rallying from a
12-point deficit early in the second half Tuesday for an 89-82 win
over Charlotte. Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 of his team-best 25 points
in the fourth quarter and the Mavericks, losers in four of their
previous five, held the Bobcats to 15 points in the period.
“This was a big game for us with us about to hit the road for a
lot of tough games,” said Nowitzki, who was 1 of 10 from the floor
in the first half.
Dallas ended a stretch in which it played seven of nine at home.
The Mavericks, 2-6 on the road, will begin a four-game trip with
The Pelicans, 5-3 on their own floor, had a four-game home win
streak snapped in their most recent game at New Orleans Arena, a
102-101 loss to Golden State on Nov. 26.
The Mavericks have won three straight over the Pelicans,
including the last two in New Orleans. They won the final two
matchups in 2012-13 by a combined 30 points, including a 107-89
road victory April 14.
Nowitzki has topped 20 points in back-to-back games for the
first time since the first three contests this season. He’s
averaged a team-best 20.0 points during the three-game win streak
against New Orleans.
Mavericks leading scorer Monta Ellis is getting his first
opportunity to face the Pelicans while in a Dallas uniform. He’s
averaged 24.6 points in his last eight matchups with New
Anderson has topped 30 points in two consecutive games for the
first time, and is averaging 18.0 in his last five against
Tyreke Evans has averaged 23.0 points on 68.4 percent shooting
in his last three games versus the Mavericks but two of those were
during starts for Sacramento. Evans hasn’t started in any of his
first 17 games with New Orleans.
The Pelicans haven’t won four straight since Jan. 5-11 and
started that streak with a 99-96 overtime win in Dallas.