Davis leads Pelicans past Grizzlies
Tyreke Evans had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Memphis Grizzlies 106-95 on Friday night.
The Grizzlies lost their second straight despite the return of power forward Zach Randolph from right knee soreness that sidelined him for nine games.
Jrue Holiday had 23 points and eight assists for New Orleans, which had four players hit the 20-point mark and led throughout. Anthony Davis had 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, and Ryan Anderson, who hit four 3-pointers, also scored 20 points.
Marc Gasol and Mike Conley each scored 19 points for Memphis, while Randolph finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
New Orleans hit 10 of 20 3-point attempts, including three 3s for Eric Gordon, who finished with 13 points. The Pelicans had dropped two in a row.
Tayshaun Prince, who missed his first five shots, hit a pair of late 3s to pull Memphis as close as 101-93 with 1:33 to go, but Evans responded with a driving reverse layup as he was fouled by Prince, and the Grizzlies did not threaten after that.
Davis scored 10 in the third quarter, highlighted by his dribble drive around Randolph along the baseline for a soaring one-handed jam over the late-arriving Kosta Koufos.
New Orleans made 10 of 20 shots in the opening quarter and raced to a 31-19 lead. But the Pelicans missed their first six shots of the second period and led by only a point before Anderson’s 3 ended the drought.
Evans, who usually starts but came off the bench in this game, then began to assert himself. He scored nine in the second, including one fast-break basket during which Courtney Lee fouled him by vigorously trying to pull Evans’ arms apart as the powerful shooting guard went up for the shot.
New Orleans finished the half on a 12-4 run, capped by Holiday’s steal and layup moments before the horn, which put the Pelicans up 52-39.