Davis, Pelicans edge Hornets in OT for 2nd straight win

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 38 points and 16 rebounds, Jrue Holiday added 22 points and nine assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Charlotte Hornets 121-116 in overtime Saturday night for their second straight win.

New Orleans (4-10), which hadn't won back-to-back games all season, overcame a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit and found unlikely bench scoring from guard Langston Galloway to keep Charlotte (8-4) from tying its best franchise start through 12 games.

Galloway finished with 23 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter.

Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 25 points, while Marco Belinelli added 22 points and 10 rebounds. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Charlotte.

Davis had his ninth 30-point game of the season and scored 11 of the Pelicans' final 16 points.

He tied the game with 18 seconds to play in regulation with a follow shot, and his tip-in of Holiday's miss in overtime gave the Pelicans the lead for good.

Not that Charlotte made it easy. Nicolas Batum hit three free throws after Galloway fouled him beyond the arc with 42 seconds to play, cutting New Orleans' lead to 116-115.

Out of a timeout, though, Davis again came through, delicately rolling in a right-handed floater for a 118-115 lead. Holiday and Tim Frazier then both sank free throws to safely keep the Pelicans ahead.


Hornets: Starting center Cody Zeller sat out Saturday night's game with a sore shoulder. . Charlotte held New Orleans to 21 first-quarter points, a season low for a Hornets opponent.

Pelicans: New Orleans trailed by 11 points heading into the fourth quarter and has led after three quarters only four times this season. … Frazier had 17 points and eight assists.


Galloway's previous season high of 21 points came Monday. He also tied his career high with six made 3-pointers. Galloway was one of the last free agents signed by New Orleans this offseason.


Hornets: Host Memphis on Monday, the first game in an eight-game, 12-day stretch that includes six games in Charlotte.

Pelicans: Visit Atlanta on Tuesday, the first of two games between the franchises this season.