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Davis turns ankle, but Pelicans roll to 10th straight win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Anthony Davis has been at the heart of New Orleans' franchise record-tying 10-game winning streak. It's possible the Pelicans will have to go for No. 11 without their career scoring leader.

Davis scored 17 points before rolling his left ankle and leaving in the third quarter of a 114-101 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

Although X-rays taken on Davis' ankle were negative, coach Alvin Gentry sounded cautious.

''Won't know anything until tomorrow,'' Gentry said. ''They took X-rays but couldn't really tell a lot from the X-rays, so we'll go back home and I'm sure he'll have an MRI at some stage tomorrow and we'll have more information.''

Davis went down after battling Kosta Koufos for a rebound. The five-time All-Star winced and grabbed at his ankle before slowly getting to his feet. Davis remained in the game briefly before being taken to the Pelicans locker room with 3:11 left in the third. He did not return and appeared to be getting fitted for a walking boot after the game.

''I feel fine but they'll have the team doctor look at it tomorrow and go from there,'' Davis said. ''Any time you twist an ankle it hurts, especially coming off somebody's foot because you really don't have any protection. It was sore. I just wanted to make sure everything was fine.''

New Orleans, which has played well since losing center DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending injury in January, kept rolling without Davis, although the Kings made a brief run late in the fourth.

Buddy Hield hit a 3-pointer to pull Sacramento within 103-94 with 3:12 left, but Nikola Mirotic and Jrue Holiday both hit 3s and combined for 11 straight points to help the Pelicans pull away.

''We can do that against teams like this,'' Davis said. ''But to better ourselves we have to do a better job, at least when I was in there, to make sure that we execute our game plans and don't play down to the level of our competition. We went out there and thought it was going to be an easy game.''

Mirotic scored 26 points with 10 rebounds, Holiday had 23 points and eight assists, and E'Twaun Moore added 15 points.

The 10-game winning streak matches the Pelicans' franchise record set Jan. 9-26, 2011. New Orleans has scored 100 or more points in each of the wins, setting another team record.

Hield had 20 points while Zach Randolph added 19 points and five rebounds for Sacramento.

The Kings, who have lost six of eight, played the final 42 minutes without point guard De'Aaron Fox. He left early in the first quarter due to lower back stiffness.

''It seemed like everything was real difficult,'' Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. ''We missed a lot of open shots also, which certainly would have helped.''

Ian Clark's 16-foot jumper and 3-pointer on consecutive possessions capped a 12-4 run to end the first and put the Pelicans up 32-21.

With Davis getting a lengthy rest on the bench for most of the second quarter, New Orleans extended its advantage to 49-29 on another deep shot from Clark. Holiday later scored eight consecutive points and Davis added a late three-point play to help the Pelicans take a 62-44 halftime lead.

MIROTIC'S MOMENT

Mirotic made 10 of 12 shots and is shooting 56.3 percent over his last four games.

''I've been taking a lot of extra work to get my confidence back because I was (in) a little struggle in the beginning with my shots,'' Mirotic said. ''Now it seems that I did get my rhythm.''

GOING HOME

The Pelicans get a break with eight of their next nine in New Orleans after playing eight of their past 11 on the road. They're in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference.

''We knew that this would be a real difficult stretch,'' Gentry said. ''The thing that we wanted to do is just give ourselves an opportunity at the end of games to win on the road. We've done a good job with that.''

TIP-INS

Pelicans: New Orleans has won seven straight road games, one shy of the franchise record set in 2007-08. ... The Pelicans shot 60.9 percent (14 of 23) in the opening quarter.

Kings: Willie Cauley-Stein missed his third straight game with a lower back strain.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Host Washington on Friday night.

Kings: Host Orlando on Friday night.

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Key Players
A. Davis
23 PF
Z. Randolph
50 PF
25.8 Min. Per Game 25.8
14.8 Pts. Per Game 14.8
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
6.9 Reb. Per Game 6.9
53.7 Field Goal % 48.1
53.6 Three Point % 48.2
82.7 Free Throw % 79.6
  Buddy Hield missed driving layup, blocked by Jrue Holiday 0:20
  Team rebound 0:20
  Offensive foul on Jrue Holiday 0:35
  Offensive foul on Jrue Holiday 0:35
  Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo 0:48
  Buddy Hield missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:50
+ 3 Jrue Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot 1:01
+ 2 Skal Labissiere made jump shot 1:25
+ 2 Nikola Mirotic made jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 1:45
+ 3 Frank Mason III made 3-pt. jump shot 1:57
+ 3 Jrue Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 2:18
Team Stats
Points 114 101
Field Goals 47-83 (56.6%) 39-93 (41.9%)
3-Pointers 11-26 (42.3%) 9-28 (32.1%)
Free Throws 9-9 (100.0%) 14-17 (82.4%)
Total Rebounds 47 46
Offensive 5 14
Defensive 35 25
Team 7 7
Assists 26 20
Steals 6 4
Blocks 7 5
Turnovers 16 9
Fouls 22 16
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 3 REB, 8 AST
16 PTS, 1 REB, 6 AST
1234T
away team logo Pelicans 38-26 32302329114
home team logo Kings 20-45 21232334101
Team Stats
away team logo Pelicans 38-26 110.0 PPG 45.6 RPG 26.9 APG
home team logo Kings 20-45 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
N. Mirotic PF 14.6 PPG 8.2 RPG 1.4 APG 42.7 FG%
B. Hield SG 13.5 PPG 3.8 RPG 1.9 APG 44.6 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Mirotic PF 26 PTS 10 REB 0 AST
B. Hield SG 20 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
56.6 FG% 41.9
42.3 3PT FG% 32.1
100.0 FT% 82.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Holiday 34 23 3 8 3 1 4 4 9/17 2/5 3/3 0 3 42 +8
A. Davis 23 17 5 1 2 5 3 2 7/11 2/3 1/1 1 4 28 +8
E. Moore 34 15 6 3 0 0 2 3 7/14 1/3 0/0 1 5 25 +13
R. Rondo 31 6 4 7 1 0 1 1 3/6 0/2 0/0 0 4 24 +2
E. Okafor 16 5 6 1 0 0 1 3 2/2 0/0 1/1 3 3 12 +6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Holiday 34 23 3 8 3 1 4 4 9/17 2/5 3/3 0 3 42 +8
A. Davis 23 17 5 1 2 5 3 2 7/11 2/3 1/1 1 4 28 +8
E. Moore 34 15 6 3 0 0 2 3 7/14 1/3 0/0 1 5 25 +13
R. Rondo 31 6 4 7 1 0 1 1 3/6 0/2 0/0 0 4 24 +2
E. Okafor 16 5 6 1 0 0 1 3 2/2 0/0 1/1 3 3 12 +6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Mirotic 31 26 10 0 0 0 1 0 10/12 4/6 2/2 0 10 35 +11
I. Clark 18 11 2 3 0 0 1 4 5/11 1/3 0/0 0 2 18 +14
C. Diallo 12 6 2 0 0 0 2 3 2/5 0/0 2/2 0 2 6 -4
D. Miller 28 3 1 3 0 1 1 2 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 1 10 +16
D. Liggins 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -9
A. Ajinca - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cousins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Lemon Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 114 40 26 6 7 16 22 47/83 11/26 9/9 5 35 203 +65
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. Randolph 26 19 5 2 0 0 1 1 8/17 1/2 2/2 1 4 27 -9
J. Jackson 30 14 3 3 0 0 0 0 5/9 2/5 2/2 0 3 23 -4
K. Koufos 20 6 10 1 0 1 0 3 3/8 0/0 0/2 6 4 19 -6
D. Fox 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 4 +1
B. Bogdanovic 26 0 4 3 1 1 1 1 0/6 0/3 0/0 1 3 11 -13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. Randolph 26 19 5 2 0 0 1 1 8/17 1/2 2/2 1 4 27 -9
J. Jackson 30 14 3 3 0 0 0 0 5/9 2/5 2/2 0 3 23 -4
K. Koufos 20 6 10 1 0 1 0 3 3/8 0/0 0/2 6 4 19 -6
D. Fox 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 4 +1
B. Bogdanovic 26 0 4 3 1 1 1 1 0/6 0/3 0/0 1 3 11 -13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Hield 30 20 5 1 1 0 2 3 7/18 4/11 2/2 2 3 26 -8
F. Mason III 29 16 1 6 1 1 0 0 5/10 1/2 5/6 1 0 31 -11
S. Labissiere 27 14 4 3 0 1 2 2 6/12 0/1 2/2 1 3 23 -7
J. Sampson 17 6 4 0 1 1 0 5 2/3 1/1 1/1 0 4 12 +2
G. Temple 19 2 1 0 0 0 3 1 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 1 0 -14
B. Caboclo 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 2 0 4 +4
I. Shumpert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Cauley-Stein - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cooley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 101 39 20 4 5 9 16 39/93 9/28 14/17 14 25 180 -65