Pelicans Beat Hawks Behind Anthony Davis’ Masterful Performance
Anthony Davis wasn’t playing at 100%, but he was still better than everyone else on the court Friday night, leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a 111-105 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Davis missed Wednesday night’s game versus the Raptors after suffering from flu like symptoms. He was still feeling somewhat ill in Atlanta, but one wouldn’t know from watching the game.
Davis played a game-high 44 minutes, scored a game-high 34 points, and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds…all while feeling sick. It’s the 4th time in 5 games that Davis has scored 30+ points.
“I’m still under the weather, but I didn’t want to miss any more games,” Davis said after the win.
Davis got help from his teammates in the 4th quarter. Most of this season, the Pelicans have lost leads in the 4th quarter, but Friday night, they put up their best offensive quarter of the season, scoring a whopping 42 points, the most points allowed in a quarter this season by the Hawks.
Tyreke Evans scored 21 in the game for New Orleans, going a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line.
Luke Babbitt, who had not logged any minutes in several games, checked in at the end of the 3rd quarter, scoring 11 points off the bench. Austin Rivers added 10 off the pine as well.
“Guys stepped up. Luke (Babbitt) and Austin (Rivers)…and that’s we’re going to need when guys go down,” Davis said.
Speaking of going down. Pelicans guard Eric Gordon left the game in the first quarter due to a flare up of tendinitis in his left knee. While he’s been durable this season, Gordon has missed plenty of games in the past, only playing in 51 games in his previous two seasons with New Orleans, largely due to knee issues.
Pelicans coach Monty Williams wouldn’t rule out Gordon for Saturday night’s matchup with the Miami Heat in New Orleans.
Tip-off versus the Heat is set for 7:00.