Davis's 40 points lead Pelicans over Knicks
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[January 10, 2017]
NEW YORK -- The World's Most
Famous Arena played host to a historic performance from Anthony
Davis on Monday.
Davis poured in 40 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the New Orleans
Pelicans 110-96 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square
Garden. He became the first player since David Robinson in 1995 to
post those numbers at the Garden, and he did it all before leaving
late in the third quarter with a hip injury.
It was the fifth time this season Davis scored at least 40 points
for the Pelicans, second most to Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook,
and the ninth time he recorded at least 35 points and 15 rebounds.
The rest of the league has six such games combined.
Davis was 14 of 22 from the floor and 11 of 12 from the foul line.
He posted at least 20 points and 14 rebounds for the ninth time in
the past 10 games.
Davis' 25th double-double of the season ended when he was hurt on a
hard foul from Kyle O'Quinn.
"I'm good," Davis said. "I have a bruised hip. I have a couple of
days before I play again, so I'll get a lot of treatment.
"I'm being aggressive. We got a lot of good looks, so when we play
like that, we are a tough team to beat. I know where we are. I know
what we are trying to do as a team. We did a great job defensively,
and we moved the ball offensively."
The Knicks, losers of eight of their past nine games, were without
guard Derrick Rose, whom team officials would only say was "not with
the team" before the game. Rose was listed in the original starting
lineup but was not in the locker room before the game.
He was replaced by Brandon Jennings, who scored a team-high 20
"We don't have enough information on Derrick right now to give you
anything," Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said before taking questions
in his postgame press conference. "We have to hear from Derrick
"We expect him back. ... Everything will become clearer later on. We
want to respect whatever he's going through."
Rose, one of the major offseason acquisitions for the Knicks
(17-21), is averaging 17.3 points and 4.5 assists a game. He
averaged 32 minutes the first two months of the season but saw his
playing time decrease recently, especially in the fourth quarter.
Davis scored 18 points in the third quarter and hauled in eight
rebounds before being forced to leave with 1:16 left in the period.
Davis went crashing into the first row of the baseline stands after
he was contacted from behind by O'Quinn, who was assessed a
flagrant-2 foul and ejected.
The Pelicans said X-rays on Davis' hip came back negative, and the
big man is listed as day-to-day. New Orleans travels to Brooklyn on
Thursday to face the Nets in the third game of its five-game road
trip, its longest of the season.
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Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (23) controls the ball against
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) during the first quarter at
Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY
Davis left the floor after sinking both free throws to extend the
Pelicans' lead to 87-63.
Shortly before O'Quinn got ejected, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony
picked up two technicals and was ejected during a timeout for
arguing a no-call after he missed a jumper at the 2:35 mark with the
Pelicans ahead 82-63. Anthony finished with 18 points.
A jumper from Davis and a 3-pointer from Dante Cunningham enabled
New Orleans to take its biggest lead, 79-61, with 4:40 remaining in
A fastbreak dunk following a one-handed put-back dunk from Davis
pushed the Pelicans' lead to 70-58 with 7:13 left in the third.
New Orleans (15-24) connected on 10 of its 15 3-point attempts in
the first half en route to a 60-51 lead.
Davis picked up the double-double with his 10th rebound at the 2:23
mark of the second. He poured in 22 points in the half.
New York center Joakim Noah had a difficult time containing Davis,
picking up his third foul with 4:16 left in the second quarter.
Davis sank two free throws to provide New Orleans with a 50-41 edge.
NOTES: Pelicans F Anthony Davis reached double figures in scoring in
the first quarter for the 18th time this season. He had the first
40-point game by a Knicks opponent at Madison Square Garden this
season. Kevin Durant had the most recent one, for Oklahoma City last
Jan. 26. ... Davis also became the first player since 1973 to score
40 points, grab 18 rebounds and block three shots in less than 30
minutes. ... The Knicks were without F Mindaugas Kuzminskas
(illness). ... Pelicans G Langston Galloway was with the Knicks the
previous two seasons. ... Knicks G Justin Holiday is the older
brother of Pelicans G Jrue Holiday. . ... New Orleans G Buddy Hield
began the day ranked third in the league among rookies in scoring
average at 9.1 points per game. He scored 11 points Monday.
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