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Davis dominates, Pelicans roll past depleted Knicks 110-96

NEW YORK (AP) Anthony Davis dominated the Knicks until they finally knocked him out of the game with a hard foul.

New York was more concerned with Derrick Rose than Davis.

Davis had 40 points and 18 rebounds before leaving with a left hip injury in the New Orleans Pelicans' 110-96 victory over the Knicks, who started the game without Rose and lost Carmelo Anthony to an ejection.

Rose was absent for reasons that remained unclear. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said it was too soon to discuss the issue until the team had heard from its point guard.

''Everything will become clear later on,'' Hornacek said. ''We want to respect whatever he's going through and we're just not going to comment about it.''

Joakim Noah said he had spoken to Rose, his longtime teammate in Chicago, after the game. He wouldn't discuss the conversation other than to say Rose was OK.

''Obviously, Derrick's one of our better players and when he's not here it's tough, but just happy that everything is OK with him,'' Noah said.

Anthony was back in the locker room late in the third quarter after getting thrown out for arguing with the officials. He left without speaking to reporters.

Davis played only 29 minutes and blocked three shots.

''I know where we are as a team, what we are trying to do as a team and I just tried to come out aggressive,'' he said. ''That was it.''

He left the game when he was flagrantly fouled by Kyle O'Quinn, ejected for swinging his arm down hard on Davis, who was dribbling up the floor on a fast break and ended up being knocked into the front row of fans behind the baseline.

X-rays were negative. Davis said he had a bruised hip and expects to receive plenty of treatment before the Pelicans play again Thursday in Brooklyn.

Anthony had 18 points for the Knicks, who lost for the eighth time in nine games and had problems well beyond their non-existent defense.

Hornacek never mentioned that Rose wouldn't play before the game, but Brandon Jennings started at the point and the Knicks said only that Rose was not with the team.

Jennings led the Knicks with 20 points.

Anthony felt he was fouled while missing a pair of jumpers in the third quarter and lingered long into the ensuing timeout talking to referee Dan Crawford, who hit him with a technical before Jacyn Goble called a second and tossed Anthony.

By then it didn't matter. The Pelicans were in the process of outscoring the Knicks 31-15 in the third en route to a 91-66 bulge.

''I just thought we were really solid defensively,'' New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Tyreke Evans had 12 points for the Pelicans, who snapped a three-game losing streak. ... New Orleans beat New York for the third straight time, including a victory at home on Dec. 30.

Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis was just 3 for 13 for nine points. ... Backup forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas missed the game after feeling sick Monday.

DOMINANT DAVIS

Davis reached double figures in scoring in the first quarter for the 18th time this season. He had the first 40-point game by a Knicks opponent at Madison Square Garden this season. Kevin Durant had the most recent one, for Oklahoma City last Jan. 26.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Stay in New York to visit the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.

Knicks: Visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. The Knicks have won the last five meetings.

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Key Players
A. Davis
23 PF
C. Anthony
7 SF
33.5 Min. Per Game 33.5
22.1 Pts. Per Game 22.1
3.2 Ast. Per Game 3.2
6.1 Reb. Per Game 6.1
49.6 Field Goal % 42.1
30.0 Three Point % 35.1
79.6 Free Throw % 85.3
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:03
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:03
  Bad pass turnover on Ron Baker 0:28
  Bad pass turnover on Donatas Motiejunas 0:31
+ 1 Justin Holiday made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:52
+ 1 Justin Holiday made 1st of 2 free throws 0:52
  Shooting foul on Donatas Motiejunas 0:52
  Defensive rebound by Justin Holiday 0:58
  Cheick Diallo missed jump shot 1:00
+ 3 Justin Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Sasha Vujacic 1:13
  Defensive rebound by Maurice Ndour 1:17
Team Stats
Points 110 96
Field Goals 41-85 (48.2%) 36-85 (42.4%)
3-Pointers 12-27 (44.4%) 11-29 (37.9%)
Free Throws 16-19 (84.2%) 13-16 (81.3%)
Total Rebounds 49 50
Offensive 9 12
Defensive 31 33
Team 9 5
Assists 24 17
Steals 11 5
Blocks 7 4
Turnovers 11 15
Fouls 14 18
Technicals 0 2
40 PTS, 18 REB, 2 AST
20 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Pelicans 15-24 29313119110
home team logo Knicks 17-21 2625153096
Team Stats
away team logo Pelicans 15-24 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Knicks 17-21 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
A. Davis PF PPG RPG APG FG%
B. Jennings PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
A. Davis PF 40 PTS 18 REB 2 AST
B. Jennings PG 20 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
48.2 FG% 42.4
44.4 3PT FG% 37.9
84.2 FT% 81.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Davis 40 18 2 14/22 1/1 11/12 2 29 0 3 0 4 14 0 65
B. Hield 11 4 3 4/7 3/5 0/0 0 27 3 0 0 0 4 0 24
D. Cunningham 9 3 0 3/5 3/3 0/0 1 30 1 0 0 1 2 0 13
J. Holiday 9 4 7 3/8 1/3 2/3 1 25 1 0 2 0 4 0 26
S. Hill 2 1 1 1/5 0/3 0/0 0 23 2 1 1 0 1 0 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Davis 40 18 2 14/22 1/1 11/12 2 29 0 3 0 4 14 0 65
B. Hield 11 4 3 4/7 3/5 0/0 0 27 3 0 0 0 4 0 24
D. Cunningham 9 3 0 3/5 3/3 0/0 1 30 1 0 0 1 2 0 13
J. Holiday 9 4 7 3/8 1/3 2/3 1 25 1 0 2 0 4 0 26
S. Hill 2 1 1 1/5 0/3 0/0 0 23 2 1 1 0 1 0 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Evans 12 2 4 5/9 2/5 0/0 2 21 0 0 3 0 2 0 19
T. Jones 11 3 0 4/6 0/0 3/4 0 14 1 1 0 1 2 0 16
E. Moore 8 1 3 4/8 0/1 0/0 2 24 0 1 0 1 0 0 16
L. Galloway 5 0 1 2/8 1/4 0/0 1 19 0 1 0 0 0 0 8
D. Motiejunas 3 4 3 1/2 1/1 0/0 2 16 2 0 2 2 2 0 13
T. Frazier 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
C. Diallo 0 0 0 0/4 0/0 0/0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Ajinca - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Asik - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Pondexter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 110 40 24 41/85 12/27 16/19 14 238 11 7 11 9 31 0 208
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Jennings 20 5 4 8/14 4/9 0/0 0 29 2 0 2 1 4 0 33
C. Anthony 18 6 1 7/15 2/3 2/3 1 26 0 0 1 0 6 0 25
K. Porzingis 9 4 1 3/13 0/4 3/4 2 24 0 2 2 0 4 0 15
C. Lee 5 2 1 2/8 1/3 0/0 1 28 0 0 0 2 0 0 9
J. Noah 4 10 2 2/3 0/0 0/0 4 18 0 0 1 3 7 0 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Jennings 20 5 4 8/14 4/9 0/0 0 29 2 0 2 1 4 0 33
C. Anthony 18 6 1 7/15 2/3 2/3 1 26 0 0 1 0 6 0 25
K. Porzingis 9 4 1 3/13 0/4 3/4 2 24 0 2 2 0 4 0 15
C. Lee 5 2 1 2/8 1/3 0/0 1 28 0 0 0 2 0 0 9
J. Noah 4 10 2 2/3 0/0 0/0 4 18 0 0 1 3 7 0 17
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Holiday 9 1 0 3/10 1/5 2/2 1 21 0 0 2 0 1 0 8
L. Thomas 9 1 0 2/5 2/2 3/4 3 19 0 0 0 1 0 0 10
S. Vujacic 8 0 1 2/5 1/2 3/3 0 10 1 0 1 0 0 0 10
W. Hernangomez 6 4 3 3/4 0/0 0/0 0 13 0 0 2 2 2 0 14
R. Baker 6 7 4 3/5 0/0 0/0 2 25 1 0 2 0 7 0 20
K. O'Quinn 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 13 0 2 0 2 0 0 6
M. Ndour 0 3 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 15 1 0 1 1 2 0 3
D. Rose - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kuzminskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 96 45 17 36/85 11/29 13/16 18 241 5 4 15 12 33 0 170