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Davis has 41, Pelicans top Clippers 121-116 for 9th straight

LOS ANGELES (AP) Getting hit in the ribs only took Anthony Davis off the court for a short time. He came back and proved a one-man wrecking crew against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Davis scored 41 points despite a rib contusion and the New Orleans Pelicans won their ninth straight, 121-116 on Tuesday night.

He tied his career high with four 3-pointers and had 13 rebounds.

''My team's doing a good job getting me open and putting me in a spot to be successful,'' Davis said. ''Everybody on the team is playing well.''

He left the game after banging bodies with DeAndre Jordan going for a rebound. Davis grabbed his side before going to the locker room for an X-ray, which was negative. He returned wearing extra padding and exploded for 19 points in the third quarter, capping it with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

''Nothing seemed to affect him,'' Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. ''That's a really kind of a tough injury. It feels like somebody's sticking an ice pick in your side when you're trying to breathe with those bruised ribs, but he played through it.''

Gentry added, ''He's playing on an MVP level.''

Tobias Harris and Lou Williams scored 27 points apiece for the Clippers, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Harris added 11 rebounds and Williams had 11 assists. Montrezl Harrell had 26 points, and Jordan had 10 points and 20 rebounds.

''We didn't play great, that's it,'' Williams said.

After being down 20 points in the third, the Clippers made things interesting in the fourth behind a raucous crowd eager for a comeback victory. Los Angeles went up by four with 2:05 left but Davis answered with six straight points, including the tiebreaking jumper with 31 seconds remaining.

''I always want to take the big shot,'' Davis said. ''Make or miss, I'll live with it.''

The Pelicans had a 12-3 run over the final 1:16 to pull out the win.

Jrue Holiday added 19 points and a career-high 17 assists for New Orleans.

Williams hit a 3-pointer to draw the Clippers to 117-116 but he missed two free throws and had a turnover and foul in the final 30 seconds. He went 7 of 13 from the free throw line and finished with five turnovers.

''No one came up big for us down the stretch and that's why we lost,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

The Clippers took their first lead of the game at 49-48 on Harris' layup off an alley-oop pass from Williams in the second.

It didn't last long.

New Orleans outscored the Clippers 19-3 over the final five minutes to lead 67-52 at halftime. Holiday scored eight points in a row, including back-to-back 3-pointers. The Pelicans limited Los Angeles to three free throws in that stretch while blocking four shots and forcing Jordan into a turnover.

The Pelicans shot 52 percent from the floor in racing to a 14-point lead in the first.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: They haven't lost since Feb. 9 at Philadelphia. ... They lead the four-game season series 2-1.

Clippers: Harrell scored 20 or more points for the fifth time this season; he had two 20-plus-point games over the last two seasons combined. ... There is no timetable for the return of G Avery Bradley (sports hernia), one of four injured players on the roster.

GUARD PLAY

Holiday and Rajon Rondo combined for 26 assists and two turnovers, both by Holiday. Rondo added 13 points to go with Holiday's double-digit scoring effort. The Pelicans had 39 assists.

TOUGH STRETCH

Currently a half-game out of the eighth and final playoff spot, the Clippers have to play seven of the eight Western Conference teams ahead of them over their last 19 games. Their schedule includes games against Eastern playoff contenders Toronto, Cleveland, Indiana and Milwaukee.

''March is a monster for us,'' Rivers said.

POWERING DOWN

The scoreboards above the court and on either side of it went out with just over a minute left in the game, leaving the public address announcer to inform the crowd it was a tie game.

HE SAID IT

''If we had won the game, it would have been a robbery.'' - Rivers.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Visit Sacramento on Wednesday in the second game of a back-to-back.

Clippers: Host Cleveland on Friday.

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Key Players
A. Davis
23 PF
L. Williams
23 SG
32.5 Min. Per Game 32.5
23.1 Pts. Per Game 23.1
5.4 Ast. Per Game 5.4
2.5 Reb. Per Game 2.5
53.6 Field Goal % 44.1
53.6 Three Point % 44.0
82.7 Free Throw % 87.9
  Team rebound 0:00
  Montrezl Harrell missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
+ 1 Anthony Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 0:05
  Personal foul on Montrezl Harrell 0:05
  Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis 0:05
  Lou Williams missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:06
  Team rebound 0:06
  Lou Williams missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:06
  Personal foul on Jrue Holiday 0:06
+ 1 Ian Clark made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:09
Team Stats
Points 121 116
Field Goals 46-103 (44.7%) 46-98 (46.9%)
3-Pointers 13-30 (43.3%) 7-27 (25.9%)
Free Throws 16-18 (88.9%) 17-26 (65.4%)
Total Rebounds 54 66
Offensive 9 10
Defensive 42 47
Team 3 9
Assists 39 25
Steals 11 5
Blocks 11 2
Turnovers 8 13
Fouls 20 18
Technicals 0 1
41 PTS, 13 REB, 2 AST
27 PTS, 3 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo Pelicans 37-26 35323024121
home team logo Clippers 34-29 27253034116
Team Stats
away team logo Pelicans 37-26 117.4 PPG 47.7 RPG 27.2 APG
home team logo Clippers 34-29 115.3 PPG 46.2 RPG 22.4 APG
Key Players
A. Davis PF 28.1 PPG 12.4 RPG 4.7 APG 50.2 FG%
L. Williams SG 17.2 PPG 2.6 RPG 4.5 APG 39.8 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Davis PF 41 PTS 13 REB 2 AST
L. Williams SG 27 PTS 3 REB 11 AST
44.7 FG% 46.9
43.3 3PT FG% 25.9
88.9 FT% 65.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 37 41 13 2 3 3 4 3 17/31 4/7 3/3 3 10 60 +3
J. Holiday 36 19 4 17 1 2 2 4 7/22 2/3 3/3 1 3 58 +17
R. Rondo 29 13 3 9 2 0 0 2 5/10 3/5 0/0 0 3 36 +9
E. Moore 35 10 9 5 2 0 1 3 4/8 0/1 2/3 2 7 30 +24
E. Okafor 21 9 7 0 1 3 0 1 4/6 0/0 1/2 1 6 20 +22
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 37 41 13 2 3 3 4 3 17/31 4/7 3/3 3 10 60 +3
J. Holiday 36 19 4 17 1 2 2 4 7/22 2/3 3/3 1 3 58 +17
R. Rondo 29 13 3 9 2 0 0 2 5/10 3/5 0/0 0 3 36 +9
E. Moore 35 10 9 5 2 0 1 3 4/8 0/1 2/3 2 7 30 +24
E. Okafor 21 9 7 0 1 3 0 1 4/6 0/0 1/2 1 6 20 +22
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Mirotic 24 13 7 3 1 1 0 3 4/12 3/9 2/2 2 5 28 -10
I. Clark 25 9 3 2 0 0 1 1 2/7 0/2 5/5 0 3 15 -19
D. Miller 24 5 3 1 0 2 0 2 2/5 1/3 0/0 0 3 12 -16
C. Diallo 5 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 5 -5
A. Ajinca - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Liggins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cousins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Lemon Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 121 51 39 11 11 8 20 46/103 13/30 16/18 9 42 264 +25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 38 27 11 2 1 1 0 3 11/24 3/10 2/2 1 10 44 -11
A. Rivers 39 11 3 3 1 0 3 2 5/14 1/4 0/0 0 3 18 -5
D. Jordan 27 10 20 1 0 1 2 1 4/9 0/0 2/3 4 16 31 -21
M. Teodosic 27 9 3 4 1 0 2 3 4/9 1/5 0/0 0 3 19 -26
W. Johnson 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 38 27 11 2 1 1 0 3 11/24 3/10 2/2 1 10 44 -11
A. Rivers 39 11 3 3 1 0 3 2 5/14 1/4 0/0 0 3 18 -5
D. Jordan 27 10 20 1 0 1 2 1 4/9 0/0 2/3 4 16 31 -21
M. Teodosic 27 9 3 4 1 0 2 3 4/9 1/5 0/0 0 3 19 -26
W. Johnson 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Williams 34 27 3 11 0 0 5 3 9/20 2/7 7/13 0 3 47 +27
M. Harrell 30 26 8 2 1 0 1 5 11/17 0/1 4/6 3 5 38 +16
S. Thornwell 27 4 9 1 1 0 0 1 1/3 0/0 2/2 2 7 16 +7
S. Kilpatrick 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -2
S. Dekker 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +1
D. Gallinari - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Beverley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Marjanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 116 57 25 5 2 13 18 46/98 7/27 17/26 10 47 217 -25