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Davis scores 29, powers Pelicans past Jazz 108-98

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans are ahead of the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference standings but haven't had recent success head-to-head. That changed with a complete performance on Wednesday night.

Anthony Davis had 29 points and 15 rebounds, and the Pelicans snapped a five-game losing streak against the Jazz with a 108-98 victory.

''Once we share the basketball and just play for each other on both ends of the floor, then we're a tough team to beat,'' Davis said. ''Sometimes, we play on one end of the floor and not the other. When we play for a full 48 minutes on both ends, then we give ourselves a chance to win every game.

''We owe these guys from last time. ... We've got teams gaining on us for the eight spot, so we've got to create a lead for ourselves, create some separation.''

Jrue Holiday carried the offense early with 18 first-half points and finished with 24 for the Pelicans. DeMarcus Cousins added 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 24 points, and Joe Johnson scored 20 off the bench.

''We did a good job of moving the basketball and then I thought we were really good defensively, especially taking away Mitchell after what he did to us the last game,'' Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.

''AD did a great job of trying to take advantage of situations that we had and then our guards did a great job. We just did a really good job of moving the basketball and moving ourselves and not getting spiked, especially down the stretch.''

The Pelicans came in ranked 6th in the league in 3-point shooting, and they went 14-for-30 (46.7 percent) from beyond the arc. The Jazz made just 7 of 32 (21.9 percent) from 3-point range.

''When you see teams shoot 50 percent from the 3-point line, roughly, you've got to do a better job of it,'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ''We had some other situations where we just didn't close out just as aggressively enough.

''We weren't aggressive enough defending their handoffs. We weren't aggressive enough on the ball in pick-and-roll. ... There's got to be a sustained effort on those things. It's got to be habitual.''

The game went back and forth before the Pelicans closed the third quarter on a 12-1 run, including seven points from Davis. Dante Cunningham's three-point play to start the fourth put New Orleans up by 12, its biggest lead. Utah responded with a 9-0 run, but Davis slammed the door with 10 fourth-quarter points.

''We've got to play with extra energy and play with an assertiveness, and I don't think we did too much tonight,'' Mitchell said.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Cousins left with 8 minutes left in the first quarter after an awkward landing. He went to the locker room before returning about three minutes later.

Jazz: Jonas Jerebko started at power forward after playing just four minutes in Utah's last game and not at all in the one before that. Snyder has rotated minutes at that spot between Jerebko, Thabo Sefolosha and Ekpe Udoh.

PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS

The Jazz and Pelicans face off two more times this season. Utah won the first meeting in December. Snyder said head-to-head matchups with teams competing for similar playoff position carry a little more weight.

''They matter. They matter more when you look back on them,'' Snyder said. ''We play these guys more, too. There's always more of those, so to speak, until you get late in the year. The players are aware. They know the standings and they know where teams are. I do too.

''But for us, I think it would be a mistake to play a game just for that reason. Our challenge is to be true to who we are and our habits and trying to get better. And hopefully the next time you play them, you're better and better and better. And maybe you're in a position where those games actually matter.''

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Travel to face Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

Jazz: Travel to face Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets on Friday.

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Key Players
D. Cousins
0 C
R. Hood
5 SG
28.6 Min. Per Game 28.6
17.5 Pts. Per Game 17.5
1.7 Ast. Per Game 1.7
2.6 Reb. Per Game 2.6
48.1 Field Goal % 40.5
47.9 Three Point % 40.7
75.1 Free Throw % 85.5
  Team rebound 0:00
  Donovan Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 Jrue Holiday made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
+ 1 Jrue Holiday made 1st of 2 free throws 0:05
  Personal foul on Joe Johnson 0:05
+ 3 Donovan Mitchell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joe Johnson 0:07
  Lost ball turnover on Anthony Davis, stolen by Donovan Mitchell 0:12
+ 2 Donovan Mitchell made floating jump shot 0:14
+ 3 E'Twaun Moore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 0:19
  Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis 0:39
  Joe Ingles missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:43
Team Stats
Points 108 98
Field Goals 41-82 (50.0%) 38-84 (45.2%)
3-Pointers 14-30 (46.7%) 7-32 (21.9%)
Free Throws 12-12 (100.0%) 15-17 (88.2%)
Total Rebounds 46 43
Offensive 7 6
Defensive 35 30
Team 4 7
Assists 23 23
Steals 8 12
Blocks 2 1
Turnovers 20 14
Fouls 18 21
Technicals 0 0
29 PTS, 15 REB, 4 AST
20 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Pelicans 19-18 27312327108
home team logo Jazz 16-222827172698
Team Stats
away team logoPelicans 19-18 110.8 PPG 42.9 RPG 26.2 APG
home team logoJazz 16-22 101.8 PPG 41.1 RPG 21.0 APG
Key Players
A. Davis PF 26.5 PPG 10.6 RPG 2.3 APG 55.7 FG%
D. Mitchell SG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
A. Davis PF 29 PTS 15 REB 4 AST
D. Mitchell SG 24 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
50.0 FG% 45.2
46.7 3PT FG% 21.9
100.0 FT% 88.2
Pelicans
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 40 29 15 4 3 1 2 2 11/26 1/3 6/6 4 11 54 +16
J. Holiday 37 24 6 5 1 0 5 4 10/16 2/5 2/2 0 6 36 +2
D. Cousins 31 19 11 1 2 1 4 5 7/11 2/4 3/3 3 8 31 0
R. Rondo 15 12 3 3 0 0 1 0 5/9 2/5 0/0 0 3 20 -3
E. Moore 32 6 2 5 0 0 6 1 2/5 2/3 0/0 0 2 12 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 40 29 15 4 3 1 2 2 11/26 1/3 6/6 4 11 54 +16
J. Holiday 37 24 6 5 1 0 5 4 10/16 2/5 2/2 0 6 36 +2
D. Cousins 31 19 11 1 2 1 4 5 7/11 2/4 3/3 3 8 31 0
R. Rondo 15 12 3 3 0 0 1 0 5/9 2/5 0/0 0 3 20 -3
E. Moore 32 6 2 5 0 0 6 1 2/5 2/3 0/0 0 2 12 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Miller 33 9 1 0 1 0 0 4 3/6 3/5 0/0 0 1 11 +9
D. Cunningham 23 6 2 0 1 0 0 1 2/3 1/2 1/1 0 2 9 +4
J. Nelson 18 3 2 4 0 0 2 0 1/6 1/3 0/0 0 2 11 +17
I. Clark 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +9
A. Ajinca - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Asik - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Diallo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 108 42 23 8 2 20 18 41/82 14/30 12/12 7 35 186 +50
Jazz
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 38 24 3 2 1 0 3 3 6/17 3/11 9/10 0 3 29 +1
R. Rubio 24 11 2 7 4 0 1 2 5/12 0/3 1/1 0 2 30 -20
D. Favors 35 11 9 2 1 1 2 1 5/10 0/0 1/2 1 8 24 +2
J. Ingles 32 8 4 5 1 0 1 3 3/7 2/6 0/0 0 4 22 +3
J. Jerebko 18 7 0 0 0 0 1 3 3/5 0/1 1/1 0 0 6 -17
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 38 24 3 2 1 0 3 3 6/17 3/11 9/10 0 3 29 +1
R. Rubio 24 11 2 7 4 0 1 2 5/12 0/3 1/1 0 2 30 -20
D. Favors 35 11 9 2 1 1 2 1 5/10 0/0 1/2 1 8 24 +2
J. Ingles 32 8 4 5 1 0 1 3 3/7 2/6 0/0 0 4 22 +3
J. Jerebko 18 7 0 0 0 0 1 3 3/5 0/1 1/1 0 0 6 -17
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Johnson 29 20 7 2 0 0 0 3 9/12 2/3 0/0 2 5 31 +7
A. Burks 15 9 6 1 1 0 2 2 3/7 0/2 3/3 1 5 16 -13
E. Udoh 12 6 3 1 2 0 0 2 3/4 0/0 0/0 2 1 13 -12
R. Hood 32 2 2 3 2 0 4 2 1/10 0/6 0/0 0 2 8 -1
T. Sefolosha - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. O'Neale - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Mitrou-Long - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. McCree - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Gobert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Neto - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Wolters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 98 36 23 12 1 14 21 38/84 7/32 15/17 6 30 179 -50