Pelicans Beat Bucks, Enter All-Star Break On Positive Note
Anthony Davis battled foul trouble, putting up a slim stat sheet by his standards, but his Pelican teammates shined, leading New Orleans to a 102-98 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Due to constant foul trouble, Davis only played 20 minutes, 16 below his average. He scored 12 points and grabbed only 1 rebounds, 8 and 9 below his season average.
With Davis limited, starting Center Alexis Ajinca played well, scoring a season-high 16 points on a perfect 7-7 from the field, while adding 9 rebounds. Ajinca's looks were all near the rim, thanks in large part to dribble penetration by Eric Gordon.
Gordon (pictured) scored a team-high 21, and led the team in assists with 6. He was very active in the 3rd quarter, as was point guard Brian Roberts, who finished the night with 17 points.
The third quarter, an achilles heel for New Orleans this year, was awesome for the Pelicans Wednesday night, as they dropped 37 on the Bucks. It should be noted that Milwaukee, at 9-43, own the NBA's worst record by 6 games.
With the victory, New Orleans returns home for the All-Star break on a positive note. They won't play again until next Wednesday, when they host the New York Knicks.
The next week may be a break for some players, but Anthony Davis will be busy with All-Star festivities. In addition to representing the Western conference in Sunday's All-Star game, Davis will play in the Rising Stars game Friday night, a contest featuring the best first and second year players in the league.