Pelicans' Davis dominates in return from groin strain

Pelicans' Davis dominates in return from groin strain

Published Feb. 3, 2015 10:18 a.m. ET

Anthony Davis may not be 100 percent after straining his groin last week versus the Denver Nuggets, but don't tell him that.

Davis dominated in his first game back since the injury, a home contest versus the red-hot Atlanta Hawks. The second-time All Star poured in 29 points and snagged 13 rebounds, leading the charge to snap the Hawks 19-game win streak.

"Quincy told me before the game that the team could only go as far as I go," Davis said. "I took it to heart and tried to come out with maximum energy and leave it all on the court."

The New Orleans athletic training staff is still treating Davis' injury with a regiment of stretching and massage, but the 21-year-old says there are no ill effects from his performance Monday.


Davis lobbied for the start both Saturday and Sunday, arriving at practice early to plead his case.

Next up, New Orleans (26-22) welcomes in the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, the team sitting just behind the Pelicans in the race for the West's final playoff spot. Friday, the Pelicans return the visit.

"We just need to continue doing what we're doing," Davis said. "We're rebounding, sharing the ball, defending. We don't care who scores."