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Davis scores 43 points, Pelicans rally to beat Knicks

NEW ORLEANS (AP) If not for Anthony Davis' determination to dominate inside for most of his 40 minutes on the court, the New Orleans Pelicans could have been blown out by the New York Knicks.

Davis scored a season-high 43 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, and New Orleans overcame an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat New York 129-124 on Friday night.

''It felt like a grind,'' Davis said. ''Usually when I have those numbers, we're up 12, 15, 20. ... But they were up damn near the whole game. We just had to fight back and I was just trying to do my part.''

Julius Randle had 19 points and 11 rebounds, including a crucial put-back of Davis' missed free throw to make it 124-121 with 1:23 left.

''Julius saved me when I missed two free throws at the end,'' Davis said. ''When I missed (the second one), I kind of put my head down a little bit and I seen a blue jersey flying in. So when he made it, I said, `Thank you.' I don't know where he came from, but wherever he came from, I appreciate it.''

After Tim Hardaway Jr. missed a 3 for the tie, Holiday hit from deep to widen New Orleans' lead to six with 35 seconds left.

Holiday overcame a shaky, turnover-plagued start to finish with 24 points and 10 assists. His late heroics included a rebound of his own miss inside the final two minutes, after which he dribbled out to the perimeter and fed an alley-oop lob to Davis.

''He missed a lot of bunnies at the start of the game and he didn't let it take away from his aggressiveness,'' Randle said about Holiday. ''He just kept going. He made huge shots and plays down the stretch.''

The Knicks fell to a fourth straight loss after controlling nearly all but the final six minutes of the game.

Hardaway scored 30 points, and Trey Burke had 24 on 10-fo-13 shooting for the Knicks. New York led by as many as 19 points in the first half before losing for the sixth time in seven games.

Emmanuel Mudiay added 19 points. The Knicks shot 49 percent (48 of 98) but were outrebounded 54-44 and allowed the Pelicans to snag seven offensive rebounds and score eight second-chance points in the fourth quarter.

''We just couldn't come up with those rebounds at the end,'' Knicks coach David Fizdale said. ''We get them to miss the shot, but we don't come up with the loose ball. That happened multiple times down the stretch.''

TIP-INS

Knicks: Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier each scored 11 points. ... Center Mitchell Robinson, who is from the New Orleans suburb of Chalmette, had seven points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes. ...

Pelicans: Point guard Elfrid Payton returned to the lineup after missing nine games with a sprained right ankle, only to fracture a finger in his left hand after eight minutes on the court. He did not return to the game and missed all three of his shots before his latest injury. ... Nikola Mirotic had 12 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans. ... The Pelicans missed 24 of 34 3-point attempts and turned the ball over 15 times. ... New Orleans scored 68 points in the paint.

SMALL BALL

Fizdale elected to start the 6-foot-5 Trier in place of 6-9 forward Noah Vonleh on the wing. He said change had more to do with his curiosity about how that smaller lineup would play together than trying to create specific matchups against New Orleans. The Knicks played at a faster pace and surpassed their 106 points-per-game average with nearly eight minutes left. That showing apparently earned the lineup another look, despite the loss.

''After tonight I can't switch this one up,'' Fizdale said. ''I have to give them a chance to see if they can keep some consistency.''

TALL BALL

Davis said he and Randle were determined to get into the paint for shots and rebounds late when the Knicks remained with a smaller lineup.

''I really hate settling against smaller guys, so I just tried taking it inside, trying to get Julius to do the same thing,'' Davis said. ''There was nobody who could stop both of us on the inside. We just tried to make an effort to get down low and just punish them.''

UP NEXT

Knicks: Wrap up a three-game trip in Orlando on Sunday night.

Pelicans: Host Denver on Saturday night.

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Key Players
T. Hardaway Jr.
3 G
A. Davis
23 PF
37.8 Min. Per Game 37.8
25.0 Pts. Per Game 25.0
4.6 Ast. Per Game 4.6
12.7 Reb. Per Game 12.7
41.8 Field Goal % 47.9
41.6 Three Point % 45.5
81.9 Free Throw % 76.1
  Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis 0:04
  Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:08
+ 1 Jrue Holiday made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:14
+ 1 Jrue Holiday made 1st of 2 free throws 0:14
  Personal foul on Frank Ntilikina 0:14
+ 1 Trey Burke made free throw 0:27
  Shooting foul on E'Twaun Moore 0:27
+ 2 Trey Burke made driving layup 0:27
+ 3 Jrue Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot 0:35
  Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis 0:51
  Offensive rebound by Kevin Knox 1:04
Team Stats
Points 124 129
Field Goals 48-98 (49.0%) 48-99 (48.5%)
3-Pointers 11-34 (32.4%) 10-34 (29.4%)
Free Throws 17-24 (70.8%) 23-32 (71.9%)
Total Rebounds 49 68
Offensive 12 11
Defensive 32 43
Team 5 14
Assists 15 27
Steals 10 5
Blocks 6 5
Turnovers 13 15
Fouls 31 25
Technicals 0 0
30 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
43 PTS, 17 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Knicks 4-12 32323228124
home team logo Pelicans 8-7 16383441129
Team Stats
away team logo Knicks 4-12 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Pelicans 8-7 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
T. Hardaway Jr. G PPG RPG APG FG%
A. Davis PF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Hardaway Jr. G 30 PTS 8 REB 2 AST
A. Davis PF 43 PTS 17 REB 5 AST
49.0 FG% 48.5
32.4 3PT FG% 29.4
70.8 FT% 71.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Hardaway Jr. 30 8 2 9/23 4/12 8/10 2 38 2 0 3 2 6 -5 41
E. Mudiay 19 6 0 8/12 2/3 1/2 0 22 2 2 1 0 6 +10 28
A. Trier 11 2 5 4/11 1/4 2/2 2 32 0 1 1 1 1 -9 23
K. Knox 11 5 2 4/9 3/6 0/1 4 20 1 0 2 2 3 +3 19
M. Robinson 7 7 1 3/6 0/0 1/2 5 24 1 1 1 4 3 +2 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Hardaway Jr. 30 8 2 9/23 4/12 8/10 2 38 2 0 3 2 6 -5 41
E. Mudiay 19 6 0 8/12 2/3 1/2 0 22 2 2 1 0 6 +10 28
A. Trier 11 2 5 4/11 1/4 2/2 2 32 0 1 1 1 1 -9 23
K. Knox 11 5 2 4/9 3/6 0/1 4 20 1 0 2 2 3 +3 19
M. Robinson 7 7 1 3/6 0/0 1/2 5 24 1 1 1 4 3 +2 17
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Burke 24 1 1 10/13 1/2 3/5 3 25 1 1 1 0 1 -8 28
E. Kanter 8 5 0 3/5 0/0 2/2 4 15 1 0 2 3 2 -2 12
D. Dotson 6 2 0 3/8 0/2 0/0 2 18 2 0 1 0 2 0 9
N. Vonleh 4 6 2 2/5 0/2 0/0 4 27 0 1 1 0 6 0 14
F. Ntilikina 4 2 2 2/6 0/3 0/0 5 14 0 0 0 0 2 -16 10
C. Lee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Hezonja - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Porzingis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 124 44 15 48/98 11/34 17/24 31 235 10 6 13 12 32 -25 201
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Davis 43 17 5 16/25 1/4 10/15 2 40 1 1 2 4 13 +10 70
J. Holiday 24 4 10 9/18 3/5 3/3 3 35 1 1 4 1 3 +6 46
E. Moore 13 2 1 6/11 1/3 0/0 5 30 0 0 0 0 2 +3 17
N. Mirotic 12 10 1 4/11 2/8 2/2 2 27 0 1 0 1 9 -7 25
E. Payton 0 1 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 2 8 1 0 1 0 1 -12 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Davis 43 17 5 16/25 1/4 10/15 2 40 1 1 2 4 13 +10 70
J. Holiday 24 4 10 9/18 3/5 3/3 3 35 1 1 4 1 3 +6 46
E. Moore 13 2 1 6/11 1/3 0/0 5 30 0 0 0 0 2 +3 17
N. Mirotic 12 10 1 4/11 2/8 2/2 2 27 0 1 0 1 9 -7 25
E. Payton 0 1 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 2 8 1 0 1 0 1 -12 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Randle 19 11 2 7/10 0/2 5/8 4 30 1 0 3 3 8 +4 32
F. Jackson 6 1 0 2/3 1/2 1/2 2 11 0 0 3 0 1 -2 4
W. Johnson 5 1 0 2/4 1/3 0/0 3 12 1 1 2 0 1 -8 6
I. Clark 4 1 3 1/8 0/1 2/2 2 14 0 0 0 1 0 +6 11
D. Miller 3 6 5 1/6 1/6 0/0 0 29 0 1 0 1 5 +25 20
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Diallo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bluiett - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 129 54 27 48/99 10/34 23/32 25 236 5 5 15 11 43 +25 232