Postgame recap: Pelicans 125, Suns 116

by Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer

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Pelicans (34-26), Suns (18-44)

Anthony Davis has often carried the New Orleans attack in recent weeks, spearheading the team’s longest winning streak in years and averaging over 40 points per game. Davis shouldered an even larger load Monday, piling up 53 points in another Pelicans win. A six-game winning streak is New Orleans’ longest since the 2010-11 season. It was the second-best scoring game of Davis’ six-year NBA career.

“He’s just playing great basketball,” Pelicans third-year head coach Alvin Gentry said, acknowledging the difficulty of putting into words what Davis is doing lately. “I don’t know what else to say about it. I just think that he’s dominating on both ends. He’s carrying the load, offensively. Rebounding the basketball. He’s just playing really good basketball.”

Davis also pulled down 17 rebounds to lead New Orleans to a 46-37 rebounding edge; he blocked five shots, a category won by the Pelicans 8-5.

IT WAS OVER WHEN…

Davis tipped away a loose ball from Phoenix’s Elfrid Payton, resulting in New Orleans retaining possession up by seven points and with less than 40 seconds remaining in regulation.

PELICANS PLAYER OF THE GAME

Davis is averaging 41.5 points during New Orleans’ six-game winning streak, featuring games of 44, 38, 42, 45, 27 and 53 points. He is shooting at a ridiculous clip from the field and the foul line, at 90/166 and 60/73, respectively, percentages of 54.2 and 82.2. For good measure, his rebounding average over the six games is 14.8 and his blocks average is 3.2.

Asked whether this is the best basketball he’s ever played in the league, Davis responded, “I don’t know. I just go out there and just play. You can decide that.”

QUOTES TO NOTE

“That’s what we’re thinking about. That’s how we’re playing. We’re not worrying about anything else. We’re taking it a game at a time, and just trying to make our way up the ladder.” – Davis on the Pelicans believing they can move up even further from their current spot of fifth place in the Western Conference

“The way we’re playing, everyone is pitching in. We are playing tremendously right now. Everybody is stepping up. The fans are into it, the bench is into it, the five guys on the court are talking and helping each other out. It gets emotional, and every now and then I do something like that.” – Davis on the vibe Monday and him walking to center court and exhorting the Smoothie King Center crowd after he scored his 53rd point

“We’ve had stretches where we’ve played well. But right now everybody is playing their part and doing it together, I think that’s what makes it so special. And we’re doing it without one of our main guys, and that makes it more special. Everyone thought we were going to go down in the standings, but we’re actually moving up.” – Davis on New Orleans’ winning streak

BY THE NUMBERS

40: Davis wasn’t the only Kentucky product to generate a big game Monday. Devin Booker led Phoenix with 40 points. T.J. Warren and Josh Jackson tallied 23 and 20, respectively, in a pesky effort by a Suns team that entered on a nine-game losing streak.

67-51: New Orleans scoring advantage in the second half, after trailing 65-58 at intermission.

10: Zatarain’s is donating meals to the Second Harvest Food Bank for every Pelicans dunk at home games this season. New Orleans threw down a whopping 10 slams vs. Phoenix.

Block of the Night: Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis hustles for the big block on TJ Warren.

Game 60: Pelicans vs Suns 2/26/18

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Block of the Night: Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis hustles for the big block on TJ Warren.
Feb 26, 2018  |  00:27

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Nikola from deep on the break

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