Pelicans Silence Jazz In Win, Anthony Davis Shines
New Orleans Pelicans (5-6) power forward Anthony Davis appeared to be the only player amped in the first half of Wednesday night’s game between the Pelicans and the Utah Jazz (1-12) .
Lackadaisical play by both teams plagued the first half, with the exception of Davis, who was 5 of 6 from the field with 6 blocks in the first half. His teammates fed off his energy, waking up in the second half to procure a 105-98 victory over the jazz.
Davis finished with 22 points (on 9 of 12 shooting), 9 rebounds, 8 blocks, and 4 assists. He has registered 17 blocks in the last two games. Despite his play, and despite the win, Davis was ready to focus on the next job at hand.
“We can’t be satisfied with this win,” explained Davis to Jen Hale of Fox Sports New Orleans. “We’ve got to come back Friday against a good Cleveland team and try to get another win.”
The victory marks the second straight for New Orleans, and it’s no coincidence that Ryan Anderson’s return from injury occurred at the same time. The Pelicans three-point specialist opens up New Orleans’ offense in many ways, something not lost on his young teammate.
“All the attention is off the other players because the opponent has to focus on Ryan’s ability to shoot the ball and put it down (on the floor),” explained Davis to Hale. “That’s leaving me wide open going to the basket or our shooters in the corner. Tyreke (Evans) is able to drive and teams have to stay on him too.”
Anderson finished with an impressive 19 points, with 4 triples in 6 attempts. Evans starred off the bench as well, scoring 13.
Both players appear to be getting over injuries. Anderson missed the first 9 games with a chip fracture in a toe on his right foot. Evans hasn’t missed a game this season, but missed most of the preseason with a sprained ankle. It appeared to slow him down early in the season, but his health, along with his comfort level in the Pelicans system, is steadily improving.
New Orleans will remain at home for Friday night’s matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-8). Tip-off is set for 7:00.