Anthony Davis finished with 16 points and notched 13 rebounds, 6 blocks and 4 assists in an impressive all-around performance to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a close victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, 98-96. New Orleans (31-40) is now on a four-game winning streak.
Davis shot 5-19 from the field and 6-8 from the free throw line. Other key players for New Orleans included Anthony Morrow with 27 points and 5 rebounds, Alexis Ajinca with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Tyreke Evans with 10 points and 9 assists. Jamal Crawford had another big game off the bench for Los Angeles despite the loss, scoring 31 points on 10-23 shooting (7-15 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 4-5 from the free throw line. Darren Collison contributed 11 points and 7 assists.
As expected, New Orleans controlled the offensive glass in this matchup, finishing with an OR% of 37.8%. They rank fifth in the NBA in OR% at 27.7%. Conversely, the defense of Los Angeles is 26th in the league on the backboards with a DR% of 72.5%.
This puts an end to a zero-game winning streak for Los Angeles (50-22) against New Orleans.
Coming up next, the Pelicans battle the Utah Jazz, who are 23-48 on the year. The Clippers match up with the Dallas Mavericks, currently 43-29 this season. The Pelicans are 1-1 versus Utah this season. The Clippers have come away with a win the last two games against Dallas.