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Anthony Davis-led Pelicans beat Pistons 118-103

DETROIT (AP) New Orleans star Anthony Davis dominated Detroit as he usually does, scoring all over the court no matter who was trying to defend him in a red, white and blue uniform.

In another one of his strong performances against the Pistons, Davis had 38 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pelicans to a 118-103 victory on Monday night.

Davis is averaging 30.4 points per game against the Pistons, his highest total against an NBA team. He scored a career-high 59 against them nearly two years ago.

''It's not just them,'' New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. ''It might be him.''

Davis is a key reason why the Pelicans have won 11 of the last 12 games against the Pistons.

Detroit attempted to defend Davis with Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin, but they were no match for Davis inside, off the dribble or on the outside. The All-Star was 14 of 24 from the field, including 3 for 6 on 3-pointers.

''I'm playing him as tough as possible, and I didn't give him any easy layups,'' Drummond said. ''He's just a hell of a player, and he's making contested jumpers and contested 3s.''

Davis had 10 points in the second quarter, powering New Orleans to a 60-52 lead at halftime.

Nikola Mirotic helped the Pelicans pull away in the third quarter and finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

''We were terrible on defense,'' Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''I don't think we did anything well. When you aren't getting back in transition and you won't get your body between the ball and the basket, you aren't tough enough to win.''

New Orleans has won two straight for the first time since DeMarcus Cousins tore his left Achilles tendon. The Pelicans are 3-5 without the All-Star center.

''He was such a big part of everything,'' Gentry said. ''We have guys adjusting to new roles. It takes a little while.''

The Pistons have lost three straight after winning five in a row, including four with Griffin.

''We haven't deserved to win these last three games,'' Van Gundy said. ''There were five or six loose balls where no one got on the floor and too many times where people got behind us in transition. Those are inexcusable.''

Griffin scored 22 on 8-of-17 shooting. Drummond had 13 points and 21 rebounds.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: DeAndre Liggins limped toward the locker room late in the first half with a bruised left thigh, but not before drawing a charge against Stanley Johnson while hobbled on the court. Liggins stayed out in the second half. ''He could've played, but we thought it would be better to rest him,'' Gentry said. ... Jrue Holiday had 21 points and 12 assists, and Darius Miller scored 12 points.

Pistons: Griffin surpassed 11,000 points for his career. ... Reggie Bullock had 14 points, Jameer Nelson scored 12 and Stanley Johnson added 10 points.

RARE START

Emeka Okafor, who signed a 10-day contract with New Orleans earlier this month, started for the first time since the 2012-13 season. Gentry changed the lineup to bring Mirotic off the bench.

ROTATION WATCH

Van Gundy played Nelson in place of Ish Smith for long stretches of the second half and played rookie Luke Kennard more minutes than usual after halftime.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.

Pistons: Host Atlanta on Wednesday night. ''We can't just limp into the All-Star break,'' Van Gundy said. ''We need to get a win and start making up some ground to get back into this.''

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Key Players
A. Davis
23 PF
B. Griffin
23 PF
34.4 Min. Per Game 34.4
22.4 Pts. Per Game 22.4
5.5 Ast. Per Game 5.5
7.9 Reb. Per Game 7.9
53.5 Field Goal % 43.5
53.3 Three Point % 43.2
81.7 Free Throw % 79.6
  Defensive rebound by Cheick Diallo 0:09
  Dwight Buycks missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:14
  Offensive rebound by Henry Ellenson 0:15
  Eric Moreland missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:18
  Eric Moreland missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:18
  Team rebound 0:18
  Personal foul on Emeka Okafor 0:18
  Team rebound 0:18
  James Ennis III missed jump shot 0:19
  Defensive rebound by James Ennis III 0:33
  Emeka Okafor missed jump shot 0:37
Team Stats
Points 118 103
Field Goals 44-100 (44.0%) 35-95 (36.8%)
3-Pointers 14-34 (41.2%) 9-35 (25.7%)
Free Throws 16-16 (100.0%) 24-32 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 61 63
Offensive 10 14
Defensive 43 40
Team 8 9
Assists 31 18
Steals 6 5
Blocks 7 3
Turnovers 11 14
Fouls 25 19
Technicals 0 2
38 PTS, 10 REB, 1 AST
13 PTS, 21 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Pelicans 30-26 32283523118
home team logo Pistons 27-29 31212823103
Team Stats
away team logo Pelicans 30-26 110.0 PPG 45.6 RPG 26.9 APG
home team logo Pistons 27-29 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
A. Davis PF 28.1 PPG 11.1 RPG 2.3 APG 53.4 FG%
B. Griffin PF 19.8 PPG 6.6 RPG 6.2 APG 43.3 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Davis PF 38 PTS 10 REB 1 AST
B. Griffin PF 22 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
44.0 FG% 36.8
41.2 3PT FG% 25.7
100.0 FT% 75.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 36 38 10 1 1 2 2 1 14/24 3/6 7/7 1 9 51 +18
J. Holiday 34 21 3 12 2 1 2 2 8/16 0/2 5/5 0 3 49 +22
R. Rondo 30 8 5 8 0 1 3 4 3/8 2/5 0/0 0 5 27 -7
E. Okafor 13 8 7 0 0 1 0 3 4/10 0/0 0/0 6 1 16 -5
E. Moore 13 0 4 4 1 0 0 4 0/7 0/2 0/0 2 2 13 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 36 38 10 1 1 2 2 1 14/24 3/6 7/7 1 9 51 +18
J. Holiday 34 21 3 12 2 1 2 2 8/16 0/2 5/5 0 3 49 +22
R. Rondo 30 8 5 8 0 1 3 4 3/8 2/5 0/0 0 5 27 -7
E. Okafor 13 8 7 0 0 1 0 3 4/10 0/0 0/0 6 1 16 -5
E. Moore 13 0 4 4 1 0 0 4 0/7 0/2 0/0 2 2 13 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Mirotic 28 21 12 1 1 0 0 3 7/16 4/8 3/3 0 12 36 +11
D. Miller 29 12 1 1 0 0 2 1 4/8 4/7 0/0 0 1 13 +9
I. Clark 28 4 6 2 0 0 2 4 1/5 1/3 1/1 0 6 12 +16
C. Diallo 16 4 5 1 0 2 0 2 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 4 13 +6
D. Liggins 5 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 5 +9
C. Cooke 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 0
A. Ajinca - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cousins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 118 53 31 6 7 11 25 44/100 14/34 16/16 10 43 235 +75
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 31 22 6 3 1 0 5 3 8/17 1/6 5/6 2 4 30 -8
R. Bullock 30 14 4 1 0 0 1 0 4/13 1/4 5/5 1 3 19 -16
A. Drummond 35 13 21 1 1 1 3 3 4/12 0/0 5/8 8 13 35 -12
I. Smith 24 11 6 2 0 1 2 2 3/8 0/0 5/6 0 6 20 -9
S. Johnson 28 10 3 2 0 0 1 3 3/7 2/4 2/2 0 3 16 +1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 31 22 6 3 1 0 5 3 8/17 1/6 5/6 2 4 30 -8
R. Bullock 30 14 4 1 0 0 1 0 4/13 1/4 5/5 1 3 19 -16
A. Drummond 35 13 21 1 1 1 3 3 4/12 0/0 5/8 8 13 35 -12
I. Smith 24 11 6 2 0 1 2 2 3/8 0/0 5/6 0 6 20 -9
S. Johnson 28 10 3 2 0 0 1 3 3/7 2/4 2/2 0 3 16 +1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Nelson 20 12 1 5 1 0 1 1 5/12 1/6 1/1 0 1 23 -9
A. Tolliver 17 6 2 0 0 0 0 6 2/7 2/5 0/0 0 2 8 -13
J. Ennis III 12 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 2/5 0/1 1/2 0 1 7 -10
L. Kennard 11 5 3 3 1 0 1 0 2/2 1/1 0/0 1 2 14 -4
L. Galloway 13 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 1/6 1/6 0/0 0 2 6 -1
E. Moreland 7 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/2 1 2 5 0
D. Buycks 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 0 2 +3
H. Ellenson 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 1 2 +3
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hearn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 103 54 18 5 3 14 19 35/95 9/35 24/32 14 40 187 -75