Pelicans Beat Up Lakers 109-102
"We wanted to protect home court," said Davis. "We got stops and tried to get easy buckets in transition."
Davis, New Orleans' franchise player continues to put up MVP numbers, finishing Wednesday's win with 25 points on 12-16 shooting, 12 rebounds, 6 blocks, 1 steal and an assist. As the 21-year old phenom continues to make waves on the national front, Davis is only focused on winning.
"I try to stay away from all that," explained Davis when asked about the national attention. "Of course people try to tell me but I don't go looking for it. I've got to make sure I stay in the gym and try to help the team win."
He's helped his team win 4 games 7 games into the young season, awing anyone who watches him play. Wednesday night, he and his teammates spread the wealth on offense, registered 27 assists as a team.
"We shared the ball and got everybody involved," noted Davis. "When everybody is getting the ball, everybody is happy."
Defensively, the Pelicans played well for the first 45 minutes of regulation, before several reserves gave up a late surge of points to Los Angeles.
"When we continue to defend like that, the offense is going to come," said Pelicans coach Monty Williams. "When you don't have to call plays because you are running in transition it is hard for the opposing team to set up."
New Orleans finished with 18 fast-break points, with guard/forward Tyreke Evans pushing the pace throughout.
Evans finished with a double-double of his own, earning 19 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds and only 2 turnovers.
"I was definitely disappointed in the Cleveland game (loss on Monday night)," Evans said. "I knew I was going to bounce back and be aggressive and that's what I did."
New Orleans point guard Jrue Holiday finished with 17 points, as did forward Ryan Anderson. Center Omer Asik added 13 boards.
Laker superstar Kobe Bryant led all players with 33 points, showing that at age 36 he's still one of the best scorers on the planet.
Next up for the Pelicans, a Friday night home game versus the Minnesota Timberwolves (2-5). Tip-off from the Smoothie King Center is set for 7:00.