Pelicans Topple Kings As Davis Returns
The New Orleans Pelicans salvaged one win from their west coast road trip, topping the Sacramento Kings 109-97 Wednesday night as Anthony Davis returned from injury.
“We moved the ball," said Davis when talking about the key to victory. "Great ball movement and guys got open shots. We’ve got to know what it takes to win."
New Orleans distributed the ball well, notching 27 assists as a team.
Davis finished the night with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
"He's our best player, our go-to guy," Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson said of Davis. "We rely a lot on him. We have extra confidence when he's in there."
Davis sat out the last two games after injuring his back early in last week's home loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Pelicans guard Eric Gordon nailed 6 three pointers, finishing with 24 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and a block in a game-high 43 minutes of play.
Anderson scored 18 off the bench, as did backup guard Norris Cole.
The victory comes after a 5 game losing streak.
Despite playing on the second road game of a back-to-back, New Orleans showed an energy which has been inconsistent this season.
“Jekyll and Hyde lives," said Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry. "“That’s the potential we can play with. We’ve just got to figure out how to do it night in and night out."
If New Orleans can figure it out, they have a chance to be a good basketball team.
However, right now they sit at 12-26, third worst in the Western Conference.