Davis, Hield lift Pelicans past Pacers

BY Louis Ojeda Jr. • December 15, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Anthony Davis had 35 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots, rookie Buddy Hield scored a career-high 21 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Indiana Pacers 102-95 on Thursday night.

Davis highlighted a dynamic performance with two 3-pointers and a couple of driving dunks. He was at his best during a pivotal 15-0 Pelicans run inside the final 5 minutes, when he converted a three-point play on a driving dunk, hit a 3, added four free throws and blocked two shots.

Jrue Holiday, who started the surge with a driving layup, had 16 points.

Myles Turner scored 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting for Indiana, but the Pacers missed eight straight shots during a 4-minute scoring drought late in the fourth quarter. Indiana's Jeff Teague scored 21 points.

The game was close for 3 1/2 quarters, with neither team building a lead larger than eight points. The Pacers led 90-85 after Paul George's layup with 4:52 to go, but that's when the game turned dramatically in New Orleans' favor.

George, who finished with 18 points, missed seven of his 13 shots while failing to reach 20 points for just the first time in the last seven games.

Hield scored 14 points in the third quarter, when he hit four of his five 3s, helping New Orleans turn a seven-point deficit into a briefly held lead

Terrence Jones added 10 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots for New Orleans.

Al Jefferson scored 14 points for the Pacers, but Indiana struggled from the outside, hitting just three of their 21 3-point attempts en route to a second straight loss.

TIP-INS

Pacers: G Rodney Stuckey was sidelined by soreness in his left hamstring, which he pulled during a loss at Miami on Wednesday night. His absence further thinned Indiana's depth at guard with Monta Ellis skipping the trip because of his right groin strain. ... George was assessed a technical foul for arguing a call on the defensive end in the second quarter.

Pelicans: Reserve PG Tim Frazier, who sprained his right wrist during Tuesday night's loss to Golden State, was scratched from the lineup. ... Tyreke Evans played for the first time this season, having missed the first 26 games because of a right knee injury that also sidelined him most of last season. He had seven points, three rebounds and two assists in 11 minutes.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Visit Detroit on Saturday night to complete a three-game trip.

Pelicans: Visit Houston on Friday night to begin a three game trip.


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