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Davis, Randle double-doubles leads Pelicans past Suns 119-99

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans put together the winning streak they needed.

After losing six straight while All-Star forward Anthony Davis struggled with a strained elbow, the Pelicans won their second straight Saturday night, defeating the Phoenix Suns 119-99.

Davis led the way with 26 points and 12 rebounds.

''It was real big for us,'' Davis said of the follow-up to a 107-98 home victory against Chicago three nights earlier. ''You know you can't get too far down in the West or it's going to be trouble trying to get back up in the standings, so, for us to come back home and take care of home court, it was big time for us. It gives us a little confidence.''

Davis led four Pelicans in double figures, and New Orleans never trailed.

Julius Randle also had a double-double, finishing with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Jrue Holiday scored 19 points and E'Twaun Moore had 17.

T.J. Warren led the Suns with 25 points, Deandre Ayton scored 20 and grabbed 12 rebounds and Devin Booker scored 12 points.

It was the first time in 10 games that New Orleans had a victory by a margin of 10 or more points.

The Pelicans dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Suns, 53-37.

The Pelicans scored the first seven points of the game and maintained a comfortable margin, but couldn't put away the Suns until midway through the fourth quarter.

''We had leads that we should have extended and tried to close out the game but we could never quite get there,'' New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. ''The one thing about (the Suns) is they have a bunch of young guys who play hard, but they haven't figured it out yet. They have some great talent and I think they have a great future down there.''

New Orleans led by as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter.

''We know that's a good team with a couple of All-Star caliber players,'' Suns coach Igor Koskokov said of the Pelicans. ''So we can't just be lackadaisical and start the game without no energy. We were playing behind. We had a little spark in the third quarter, but that's not good enough to beat a good team on the road.''

It was New Orleans' seventh consecutive victory against Phoenix.

Booker came into the game averaging a team-high 26.5 points, but was just 4 of 12 from the floor.

''Every pick-and-roll was trapped,'' Booker said. ''So good game plan by Alvin Gentry. (Holiday) is a good defender. It makes it hard on me.''

TIP-INS

Suns: Phoenix has won just one game since defeating Dallas 121-100 in the season opener Oct. 17. . F T.J. Warren, who has come off the bench for most of the season, started for the second consecutive game. He started against Boston on Thursday and scored a season-high 29 points in a 116-109 overtime loss. . Devin Booker beat the third-quarter buzzer with a 3-pointer from beyond midcourt.

Pelicans: F Nikola Mirotic and G Elfrid Payton both missed the game because of sprained right ankles. Mirotic missed his first game and Payton missed his seventh straight. ... New Orleans scored 33 points in the first quarter, the seventh time in 12 games this season that it has scored at least 30 points in the opening quarter.

RANDLE'S ROLE

F Julius Randle is usually the leader of the Pelicans bench, but he has been thrust into the starting lineup several times. He started three times in place of injured Anthony Davis during a recent five-game road trip. He returned to the bench after Davis returned two games ago, but he was back in the starting lineup Saturday in place of injured Nikola Mirotic. Randle had 22 points and 16 rebounds. He has shot 64.9 percent from the floor the last three games

AYTON DOUBLES

Deandre Ayton scored 20 points and led the Suns with 12 rebounds. It was the eighth double-double for the rookie No. 1 draft choice.

UP NEXT

Suns: Phoenix visits Oklahoma City on Monday.

Pelicans: New Orleans visits Toronto on Monday.

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Key Players
D. Booker
1 SG
A. Davis
23 PF
37.5 Min. Per Game 37.5
24.4 Pts. Per Game 24.4
4.6 Ast. Per Game 4.6
12.0 Reb. Per Game 12.0
44.4 Field Goal % 46.3
45.1 Three Point % 46.6
84.2 Free Throw % 75.6
+ 2 Elie Okobo made dunk, assist by T.J. Warren 0:23
  Defensive rebound by Cheick Diallo 0:36
  Elie Okobo missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:39
  Bad pass turnover on Frank Jackson, stolen by Elie Okobo 0:43
+ 2 Elie Okobo made layup 1:04
+ 3 Frank Jackson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cheick Diallo 1:19
+ 1 Elie Okobo made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:29
+ 1 Elie Okobo made 1st of 2 free throws 1:29
  Shooting foul on Tim Frazier 1:29
  Personal foul on Frank Jackson 1:41
+ 1 E'Twaun Moore made 1st of 2 free throws 1:47
Team Stats
Points 99 119
Field Goals 35-86 (40.7%) 42-86 (48.8%)
3-Pointers 10-36 (27.8%) 11-25 (44.0%)
Free Throws 19-20 (95.0%) 24-29 (82.8%)
Total Rebounds 41 60
Offensive 10 16
Defensive 27 38
Team 4 6
Assists 16 28
Steals 10 7
Blocks 7 7
Turnovers 14 18
Fouls 27 18
Technicals 0 0
25 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
26 PTS, 13 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Suns 2-10 2627291799
home team logo Pelicans 6-6 33283028119
Team Stats
away team logo Suns 2-10 101.2 PPG 41.4 RPG 23.3 APG
home team logo Pelicans 6-6 118.3 PPG 48.2 RPG 27.1 APG
Key Players
T. Warren SF 16.4 PPG 4.2 RPG 1.2 APG 49.7 FG%
A. Davis PF 24.6 PPG 12.9 RPG 4.9 APG 47.3 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Warren SF 25 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
A. Davis PF 26 PTS 13 REB 6 AST
40.7 FG% 48.8
27.8 3PT FG% 44.0
95.0 FT% 82.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Warren 36 25 5 1 1 3 1 5 7/16 4/10 7/7 1 4 35 -12
D. Ayton 30 20 12 1 1 0 2 3 9/12 0/0 2/2 6 6 33 -16
D. Booker 34 12 1 7 2 0 4 4 4/12 2/5 2/2 0 1 25 -10
T. Ariza 33 9 4 0 1 1 0 3 2/7 1/6 4/5 0 4 15 -19
I. Canaan 26 5 3 6 1 0 2 2 2/7 1/3 0/0 1 2 19 -24
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Warren 36 25 5 1 1 3 1 5 7/16 4/10 7/7 1 4 35 -12
D. Ayton 30 20 12 1 1 0 2 3 9/12 0/0 2/2 6 6 33 -16
D. Booker 34 12 1 7 2 0 4 4 4/12 2/5 2/2 0 1 25 -10
T. Ariza 33 9 4 0 1 1 0 3 2/7 1/6 4/5 0 4 15 -19
I. Canaan 26 5 3 6 1 0 2 2 2/7 1/3 0/0 1 2 19 -24
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Jackson 19 9 5 0 1 1 2 2 4/11 1/3 0/0 1 4 14 -6
E. Okobo 10 8 2 0 2 1 0 0 2/6 0/2 4/4 0 2 13 0
M. Bridges 18 7 0 0 1 0 2 3 3/8 1/5 0/0 0 0 6 -3
J. Crawford 12 2 1 1 0 0 1 2 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 1 4 -6
R. Holmes 17 2 4 0 0 1 0 3 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 3 7 -4
R. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Daniels - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. King - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bender - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Melton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 99 37 16 10 7 14 27 35/86 10/36 19/20 10 27 171 -100
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 36 26 13 6 1 2 1 2 7/18 0/2 12/12 4 9 53 +26
J. Randle 37 22 15 3 0 2 5 1 9/19 1/4 3/4 7 8 40 +25
J. Holiday 36 19 6 9 3 1 6 2 7/16 3/7 2/4 2 4 41 +16
E. Moore 27 17 2 2 0 1 0 0 7/10 1/2 2/3 1 1 24 +27
W. Johnson 27 9 1 1 1 0 0 3 3/4 1/1 2/2 0 1 13 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 36 26 13 6 1 2 1 2 7/18 0/2 12/12 4 9 53 +26
J. Randle 37 22 15 3 0 2 5 1 9/19 1/4 3/4 7 8 40 +25
J. Holiday 36 19 6 9 3 1 6 2 7/16 3/7 2/4 2 4 41 +16
E. Moore 27 17 2 2 0 1 0 0 7/10 1/2 2/3 1 1 24 +27
W. Johnson 27 9 1 1 1 0 0 3 3/4 1/1 2/2 0 1 13 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Miller 21 9 0 1 2 0 0 4 3/5 3/5 0/0 0 0 13 +8
I. Clark 15 7 4 2 0 0 2 0 3/7 1/3 0/0 0 4 13 +5
C. Diallo 17 7 10 1 0 1 1 1 2/4 0/0 3/4 2 8 19 -6
F. Jackson 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0 2 -3
J. Okafor 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -3
K. Williams 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 1 -2
T. Frazier 11 0 1 3 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 6 +4
N. Mirotic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Payton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bluiett - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 119 54 28 7 7 18 18 42/86 11/25 24/29 16 38 225 +100