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Davis' 37 points leads Pelicans past Mavs, 115-105

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The moment Anthony Davis initiated a spin move to create separation in the paint between him and Mavericks center Nerlens Noel, Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo sent a lob from the left wing to the far side of the rim.

Davis located the ball as he sprang upward, corralled it with one hand high above his head and slammed it through as fans rose to their feet and howled, clearly enthralled by the latest spectacle to which they'd been treated by their 6-foot-10, five-time All-Star.

''I don't know how I did that,'' Davis said. ''It just happens. Me and Rondo got a good chemistry with that. We've got some code words that we use when we want to try to look for it and I told him, `Just throw it.'''

Davis and Rondo were evidently speaking the same language against Dallas.

Davis scored 37 points on 15-of-21 shooting, Rondo had 19 points and 14 assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame the absence of Jrue Holiday to beat the Mavericks 115-105 on Tuesday night.

Rondo ''just makes the game a lot easier for me, honestly, so I don't really have to force shots,'' said Davis, whose baskets included five layups and four dunks. ''I go out there and I just play.''

Davis created his own shots, too. He hit a couple 3s, fadeaways and floaters in the type of dynamic, prolific performance the Pelicans have come to expect.

''You look up he has 15 (points), a few minutes go by, he has 20, 24, by the end of the night he's pushing 40,'' Pelicans forward Solomon Hill said.

Ian Clark added 19 points for the Pelicans, who are in a tight, seven-team race for one of the final five Western Conference playoff spots. Cheick Diallo had his second straight game scoring in double figures -with 10 points - to go with 14 rebounds for New Orleans, which pulled a game behind Oklahoma City for the fourth seed in the West after the Thunder's loss to Boston.

Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes each scored 19 for the Mavericks, who've lost three straight. Yogi Ferrell added 18 points for Dallas, which kept the game competitive most of the way despite being out of playoff contention and without guard Dennis Smith Jr.

''We played hard, you know? We had some breakdowns defensively, but they are a very good offensive team,'' Mavs coach rick Carlisle said. ''This is one of the better teams in the West in recent weeks and we were right there with them on the road.''

The Mavs did not trail by more than eight points until Rondo's step-back jumper made it 112-103 with 1:45 left. Dallas even led late in the third quarter when Ferrell's 18-footer made it 80-77, but Davis tied it with a 3 at the horn.

Dallas was still as close 106-103 after J.J. Barea's floater with 2:52 left, but the Pelicans scored the next six points, highlighted Rondo's lob to Davis for another alley-oop dunk.

The Mavericks led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter after a 14-2 run. New Orleans rallied to take the lead before halftime, however, thanks to a 15-2 run that began with Larry Drew's 3 and featured 10 points by Davis and the Pelicans led 54-52 at halftime after Diallo's jumper.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Smith was sitting out his 10th game this season and first since spraining his left ankle during a loss at Brooklyn on Saturday night. His absence meant Dallas was missing 15 points per game for the season, and 20 points per game in three meetings with New Orleans. ... Barea finished with 10 points.

Pelicans: Shot 52.7 percent (48 of 91) as a team. ... Holiday had the flu and was sitting out his first game this season. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said he was hoping for a quick recovery for Holiday, who averages 19 points and whose illness came as the Pelicans began a string of three games in three nights. ... Hill started but played only 11 minutes in his second game this season after rehabilitating from a torn hamstring. He said he feels good and hopes to play more in the coming nights.

CLARK'S CONFIDENCE:

The Pelicans are looking increasingly to Clark as a scoring option recently. Acquired last offseason in free agency, he had a slow start in New Orleans, but has averaged 14.3 points in a reserve role during his past six games.

''Really confident. These guys in this locker room, they give me the most confidence. They've been telling me to play my game and be aggressive. That's what I'm trying to do,'' Clark said. ''It was just me being more comfortable.''

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Utah on Thursday night.

Pelicans: Host Indiana on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
H. Barnes
40 SF
A. Davis
23 PF
36.5 Min. Per Game 36.5
28.0 Pts. Per Game 28.0
2.3 Ast. Per Game 2.3
11.2 Reb. Per Game 11.2
44.8 Field Goal % 53.7
44.8 Three Point % 53.4
82.9 Free Throw % 83.0
  Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis 0:15
  Yogi Ferrell missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:18
+ 3 Rajon Rondo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 0:30
+ 2 Harrison Barnes made dunk 0:53
  Offensive rebound by Harrison Barnes 0:53
  Yogi Ferrell missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:55
  Lost ball turnover on Anthony Davis, stolen by Yogi Ferrell 0:59
  Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic 1:19
  Harrison Barnes missed driving layup 1:21
  Personal foul on Anthony Davis 1:31
+ 2 Rajon Rondo made jump shot 1:45
Team Stats
Points 105 115
Field Goals 43-90 (47.8%) 48-91 (52.7%)
3-Pointers 10-35 (28.6%) 10-25 (40.0%)
Free Throws 9-11 (81.8%) 9-15 (60.0%)
Total Rebounds 44 54
Offensive 9 9
Defensive 31 37
Team 4 8
Assists 25 33
Steals 4 5
Blocks 2 2
Turnovers 8 9
Fouls 14 11
Technicals 0 0
10 PTS, 4 REB, 8 AST
19 PTS, 9 REB, 14 AST
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away team logo Mavericks 22-49 30222825105
home team logo Pelicans 41-30 29252635115
Team Stats
away team logo Mavericks 22-49 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Pelicans 41-30 110.0 PPG 45.6 RPG 26.9 APG
Key Players
D. Nowitzki PF 12.0 PPG 5.7 RPG 1.6 APG 45.6 FG%
A. Davis PF 28.1 PPG 11.1 RPG 2.3 APG 53.4 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Nowitzki PF 19 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
A. Davis PF 37 PTS 8 REB 2 AST
47.8 FG% 52.7
28.6 3PT FG% 40.0
81.8 FT% 60.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 34 19 4 2 0 0 4 0 8/19 1/4 2/2 1 3 23 -9
D. Nowitzki 23 19 3 2 0 0 0 3 7/13 4/8 1/2 0 3 26 +2
D. Powell 24 11 6 3 0 0 0 4 5/6 1/1 0/0 3 3 23 -7
J. Barea 28 10 4 8 0 0 3 0 5/11 0/3 0/0 1 3 27 -6
D. Finney-Smith 25 5 6 0 0 0 0 2 2/6 1/4 0/0 0 6 11 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 34 19 4 2 0 0 4 0 8/19 1/4 2/2 1 3 23 -9
D. Nowitzki 23 19 3 2 0 0 0 3 7/13 4/8 1/2 0 3 26 +2
D. Powell 24 11 6 3 0 0 0 4 5/6 1/1 0/0 3 3 23 -7
J. Barea 28 10 4 8 0 0 3 0 5/11 0/3 0/0 1 3 27 -6
D. Finney-Smith 25 5 6 0 0 0 0 2 2/6 1/4 0/0 0 6 11 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Y. Ferrell 26 15 3 2 1 0 1 1 6/14 1/6 2/2 0 3 22 -13
D. McDermott 30 11 4 1 1 0 0 3 5/11 1/3 0/0 0 4 18 +6
K. Collinsworth 19 8 2 5 0 0 0 0 2/5 1/4 3/3 0 2 20 -7
N. Noel 20 6 6 2 2 2 0 0 3/3 0/0 0/0 3 3 20 -9
M. Kleber 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/2 1/2 1 1 3 -9
W. Matthews - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mejri - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Warney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Smith Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 105 40 25 4 2 8 14 43/90 10/35 9/11 9 31 193 -50
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 35 37 8 2 0 2 1 2 15/21 2/3 5/7 0 8 50 +14
R. Rondo 30 19 9 14 3 0 4 0 8/14 1/4 2/4 0 9 55 +8
E. Moore 35 14 1 6 0 0 0 3 6/13 2/4 0/2 0 1 27 +12
S. Hill 11 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 5 +9
E. Okafor 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 35 37 8 2 0 2 1 2 15/21 2/3 5/7 0 8 50 +14
R. Rondo 30 19 9 14 3 0 4 0 8/14 1/4 2/4 0 9 55 +8
E. Moore 35 14 1 6 0 0 0 3 6/13 2/4 0/2 0 1 27 +12
S. Hill 11 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 5 +9
E. Okafor 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Clark 30 19 1 4 0 0 2 1 9/15 1/3 0/0 0 1 26 +7
C. Diallo 24 10 14 0 0 0 1 3 4/8 0/0 2/2 5 9 23 +6
N. Mirotic 31 8 7 2 1 0 0 0 3/10 2/5 0/0 2 5 20 0
L. Drew 13 6 1 2 0 0 0 1 2/3 2/2 0/0 1 0 11 +6
D. Liggins 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -4
D. Miller 18 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0/5 0/3 0/0 0 2 6 -8
A. Ajinca - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Holiday - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cousins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Lemon Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 115 46 33 5 2 9 11 48/91 10/25 9/15 9 37 225 +50