Pelicans crush Bobcats for first win

Anthony Davis had 25 points, eight rebounds, a career-high six

blocks and five assists to lead New Orleans to a 105-84 victory

over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night, its first win since

changing its nickname to Pelicans.

Tyreke Evans added 15 points, Jrue Holiday had 14 and Brian

Roberts 13 for New Orleans (1-2), which made the name change from

Hornets in the offseason.

Ramon Sessions had 22 points and Kemba Walker added 14 for

Charlotte (1-2).

The Pelicans set a franchise record with 18 blocked shots. Jason

Smith tied a career high with five.

Davis also set a career high with five steals.

.New Orleans led 56-41 at halftime and with a frontcourt led by

Davis effectively closing off the middle to the Bobcats was never

seriously threatened. The Bobcats trailed 77-62 at the end of three

quarters but could come no closer than 14 points in the fourth.

A jumper by Gerald Henderson cut the Pelicans’ lead to 83-69 but

Roberts answered with a four-point play to give New Orleans an

87-69 lead with 8:12 left.

The Pelicans quickly overcame their shooting woes from Friday

night’s 20-point loss at Orlando in which New Orleans shot 34

percent.

Playing at home for the second time in three games, the Pelicans

made their first three shots and scored on their first eight

possessions, including one sequence in which they grabbed two

offensive rebounds to extend the possession and take a 15-4 lead

with 7:19 remaining in the first half.

The Pelicans led 33-15 after one quarter, nearly equaling their

36-point first half output against the Magic. New Orleans shot 50

percent from the field and held Charlotte to 6-of-20 shooting.

Evans’ layup with 11:12 left in the second quarter gave the

Pelicans a 37-15 lead, their largest of the half. Charlotte cut the

halftime deficit to 56-41.

Davis scored 16 points the opening two quarters for the

Pelicans, who were 18 of 41 from the field.