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Davis' 43 points lead Pelicans past Thunder 114-100

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Anthony Davis set the New Orleans Pelicans' career scoring record in style.

The versatile 6-foot-10 big man scored 43 points to help the Pelicans beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-100 on Friday night. At 24 years old, he passed David West on the franchise's scoring list and has 8,702 career points.

''It's huge,'' Davis said. ''Big time for me, but it's a team effort. Guys put me in the position to score and be successful. Everybody from guys in my rookie year to guys now. Everybody played their part and allowed me to get this accomplishment.''

Davis earned his points against Oklahoma City's Steven Adams, one of the league's most rugged interior defenders. He scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to help the Pelicans pull away.

''I thought he played great,'' Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. ''I don't like the fact that he has to battle a guy like Steven Adams and play those 37 minutes. Those 37 minutes become like 50 when you have a guy like that defending you.''

Davis passed West to become the franchise's rebounding leader on Jan. 28, and he added 10 more boards to his total on Friday. E'Twaun Moore added 26 points for the Pelicans.

New Orleans had lost two straight since All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was lost for the season with a left Achilles tendon rupture. They righted the ship by shooting 51 percent from the field against the Thunder.

''Everybody just competed,'' Davis said. ''We stayed poised. We just kept at them and kept fighting. Guys made plays. It was a team effort.''

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook had 16 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for his 16th triple-double of the season. Adams had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, who lost their third straight after an eight-game winning streak.

Oklahoma City's stars couldn't find their shooting rhythm. Westbrook shot 7 for 21, Paul George 4 for 16 and Carmelo Anthony 6 for 17. The Thunder played in Denver the night before and lacked energy late in the game.

''It was a hard turnaround, I'm not going to dispute that,'' Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. ''But I think every NBA team has to deal with it.''

Westbrook approached a triple-double in the first half with nine points, nine assists and seven rebounds to help the Thunder take a 58-54 lead at the break.

The Pelicans seized momentum early in the third quarter. New Orleans led 97-89 in the fourth when Westbrook checked back in after a rest.

Westbrook made a 3-pointer with just under two minutes remaining to cut New Orleans' lead to seven, but Davis hit a 3-pointer at the other end, then made another shortly after that to put the game out of reach.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Gentry was called for a technical foul in the second quarter. ... Gentry said during his pregame media session that Cousins had been putting up MVP-type numbers. Cousins averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game before his injury.

Thunder: Adams scored 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting in the first half. ... Adams reached 3,000 career points. He joined Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka as the only Thunder players with at least 3,000 career points and 350 career blocks. ... G Raymond Felton was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter. ... G Terrance Ferguson was ill and played just 11 minutes.

STAT LINES

Westbrook nearly added another double-figure statistic to his line - he had nine turnovers. The Thunder had 16 turnovers as a team.

QUOTABLE

Gentry, on Davis setting the record: ''I don't think that is much of a surprise to anyone. It was just a matter of time.''

MISSING ANDRE

The Thunder have struggled to stop opponents since Andre Roberson, a second-team All-Defense selection last season, suffered a season-ending left patellar tendon injury. They won their first game without him against Philadelphia but followed that with three rough outings. Oklahoma City lost to Washington, which was playing without All-Star John Wall, then gave up 127 points in a loss to Denver before losing to the Pelicans.

UP NEXT

Pelicans play at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

Thunder host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis 0:13
  Russell Westbrook missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:15
  Defensive rebound by Jerami Grant 0:18
  Jrue Holiday missed running Jump Shot 0:21
  Bad pass turnover on Russell Westbrook, stolen by Anthony Davis 0:42
+ 1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:49
  Anthony Davis missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:49
  Team rebound 0:49
  Personal foul on Russell Westbrook 0:49
  Personal foul on Jerami Grant 0:52
  Team rebound 0:54
Team Stats
Points 114 100
Field Goals 46-90 (51.1%) 37-97 (38.1%)
3-Pointers 13-24 (54.2%) 9-36 (25.0%)
Free Throws 9-13 (69.2%) 17-20 (85.0%)
Total Rebounds 53 58
Offensive 5 15
Defensive 36 37
Team 12 6
Assists 30 24
Steals 10 6
Blocks 2 5
Turnovers 16 16
Fouls 20 18
Technicals 2 2
43 PTS, 10 REB
16 PTS, 10 REB, 14 AST
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away team logo Pelicans 28-23 22323624114
home team logo Thunder 30-23 32262517100
Team Stats
away team logo Pelicans 28-23 110.0 PPG 45.6 RPG 26.9 APG
home team logo Thunder 30-23 101.2 PPG 44 RPG 16.3 APG
Key Players
A. Davis PF 28.1 PPG 11.1 RPG 2.3 APG 53.4 FG%
S. Adams C 13.9 PPG 9.0 RPG 1.2 APG 62.9 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Davis PF 43 PTS 10 REB 0 AST
S. Adams C 23 PTS 12 REB 0 AST
51.1 FG% 38.1
54.2 3PT FG% 25.0
69.2 FT% 85.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 37 43 10 0 3 1 5 4 17/34 3/6 6/8 0 10 52 +12
E. Moore 32 26 4 1 1 0 4 5 10/14 4/4 2/2 0 4 29 +22
J. Holiday 36 11 2 11 1 0 0 1 5/15 1/4 0/1 0 2 36 +32
R. Rondo 34 7 7 13 4 0 3 5 3/10 1/4 0/1 1 6 41 +10
D. Cunningham 35 7 6 0 1 0 1 2 3/5 1/1 0/0 2 4 13 +14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 37 43 10 0 3 1 5 4 17/34 3/6 6/8 0 10 52 +12
E. Moore 32 26 4 1 1 0 4 5 10/14 4/4 2/2 0 4 29 +22
J. Holiday 36 11 2 11 1 0 0 1 5/15 1/4 0/1 0 2 36 +32
R. Rondo 34 7 7 13 4 0 3 5 3/10 1/4 0/1 1 6 41 +10
D. Cunningham 35 7 6 0 1 0 1 2 3/5 1/1 0/0 2 4 13 +14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Miller 25 11 2 1 0 0 0 0 4/6 3/5 0/0 0 2 15 -14
C. Diallo 15 7 9 0 0 1 1 0 3/4 0/0 1/1 1 8 16 +2
I. Clark 19 2 0 3 0 0 2 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 6 -9
M. James 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 0 3 +1
A. Ajinca - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cousins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Mirotic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 114 41 30 10 2 16 20 46/90 13/24 9/13 5 36 211 +70
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Adams 37 23 12 0 0 2 2 2 8/13 0/0 7/10 7 5 35 -5
R. Westbrook 36 16 10 14 1 0 9 3 7/21 1/7 1/1 1 9 46 -9
P. George 37 15 4 3 2 0 2 1 4/16 2/9 5/5 0 4 25 -11
C. Anthony 33 13 9 0 1 1 3 2 6/17 1/3 0/0 2 7 21 -9
T. Ferguson 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 2/2 0 0 2 -7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Adams 37 23 12 0 0 2 2 2 8/13 0/0 7/10 7 5 35 -5
R. Westbrook 36 16 10 14 1 0 9 3 7/21 1/7 1/1 1 9 46 -9
P. George 37 15 4 3 2 0 2 1 4/16 2/9 5/5 0 4 25 -11
C. Anthony 33 13 9 0 1 1 3 2 6/17 1/3 0/0 2 7 21 -9
T. Ferguson 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 2/2 0 0 2 -7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Abrines 23 14 1 0 0 0 0 3 4/8 4/8 2/2 0 1 15 +5
J. Grant 23 12 12 1 0 0 0 4 6/7 0/0 0/0 3 9 26 -19
R. Felton 15 5 1 4 1 1 0 2 2/7 1/3 0/0 0 1 16 -8
P. Patterson 12 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 0/6 0/4 0/0 2 1 6 -5
J. Huestis 9 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 3 -2
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 100 52 24 6 5 16 18 37/97 9/36 17/20 15 37 195 -70