Objects in your rear-view mirror are closer than they appear. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
The New Orleans Pelicans held the lead for most of their Sunday matchup with the Orlando Magic, extending their advantage as high as 16 points and leading by double-figures late in the third quarter, but Jacque Vaughn's scrappy squad wouldn't let the Pelicans shake them. With just under 90 seconds remaining, it was still a two-possession game; the Pelicans needed something emphatic to shut the door and seal up a victor.
Anthony Davis, I believe that's your cue:
"I just decided to go up strong, try to dunk it," Davis said. "That just energized the crowd, kind of deflated [Orlando] a little bit and got us going. That was a big play. That's what we needed." [...]
[...] Magic coach Jacque Vaughn [...] expressed concerns about containing Davis before the game, then saw his fears realized.
"I prefer not to be proven correct," Vaughn said.
Can't blame you there, Coach.
You hate to see Davis-on-Davis crime like this ... well, if you're a Magic fan, you do. The rest of us get to just enjoy a very big, very loud, very forceful throwdown. Sorry it had to be you, Big Baby; I guess one good kiss of death deserves another.
The monster dunk from the Pelicans' rising star forward put an exclamation point on New Orleans' 100-92 win, which gave Monty Willams' team consecutive victories for the first time in a month (Dec. 23 and Dec. 27) that's seen the Pelicans lose starting point guard Jrue Holiday, sharpshooting forward Ryan Anderson and center Jason Smith to long-term injuries.
There hasn't been much to celebrate of late for a Pelicans team that's gone 4-10 in the new year to drop 18-25 overall, 6 1/2 games back of the eighth-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference, but sophomore phenom Davis continues to do his level best to spark excitement. Check out more from his stellar Sunday, which saw him score 22 points on 9 for 21 shooting, a career-high 19 rebounds and seven blocked shots, to pace the Pelicans to a victory:
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- Jacque Vaughn
- Anthony Davis
- New Orleans Pelicans
- Orlando Magic
- Glen Davis