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Randle, Davis push Pelicans past Mavericks 132-106

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis noticed that his rebounding numbers were lower than usual against the Dallas Mavericks. Davis also knew why, and he wasn't about to complain about it, as long as it was Pelicans teammate Julius Randle getting to the ball instead.

''He's playing physical. He wants to go get every rebound. He wants to make every shot. He's a perfectionist in my opinion, and that's a good thing about him,'' Davis said. ''He demands a lot of himself because he wants to win. When you've got a guy like that who's hungry for everything, every possession, every loose ball, it's going to make your team better.''

Randle had 27 points and 18 rebounds and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Dallas Mavericks 132-106 on Wednesday night.

Davis also scored 27 points to go with a career-high nine assists, five blocks and four rebounds - nine below his average - despite twisting his ankle and briefly leaving the court for treatment after stepping on Dorian Finney-Smith's foot in the third quarter.

Davis said his ankle felt ''great'' after the game, and credited his spike in assists to the Pelicans finding a good rhythm by the end of the first quarter and sustaining it until the end.

''Guys are making shots and a lot of guys are playing with confidence and not afraid to take shots,'' Davis said after New Orleans shot 55.4 percent (51-of-92) overall and an even better 58.6 percent (17-of-29) from 3-point range. ''When guys are going to double-team me, once I get the ball in my hands, I've just got to make the right reads.''

Jrue Holiday had 17 points and four steals for New Orleans, which largely controlled the contest while winning for just the third time in nine games.

Harrison Barnes had 16 points and Wesley Matthews 15 for the Mavericks, who came in having won five of six but had trouble with the Pelicans' up-tempo pace while playing one night after beating Portland at home.

''We could not get it going from start to finish,'' Barnes said. ''It was not a great night for us, but we have to flush it and keep moving.

''You cannot make excuses for yourself and the schedule is what it is,'' Barnes added. ''You just have to go out there and play, and tonight we just did not compete at the level that we are used to competing at.''

J.J. Barea scored 14 points, and Dwight Powell added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas, which also was short-handed as usual starting guard Dennis Smith Jr. sat out with a sprained right wrist.

''We have to get home, get healed up as much as we can, and get ready to go,'' Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.

New Orleans never trailed after E'Twaun Moore's 20-foot jumper put the Pelicans up 32-31 at the end of the first quarter.

Running the floor relentlessly, and effectively after many of the Mavs' 18 turnovers, the Pelicans scored 60 points in the paint and 29 on fast breaks.

New Orleans led by 16 at halftime, by as many as 25 in the third quarter and 29 in the fourth.

''We wanted to come in, knowing they were on a back-to-back, and just push the ball and be aggressive,'' Davis said.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: As Powell dunked early in the fourth quarter, he was poked in eye by Davis. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle received a technical foul for shouting at officials about the play and Holiday made the technical foul shot. ... Finney-Smith had 12 points and Jalen Brunson had 11 points. ... The Mavs shot 42.9 percent (39-of-91) and missed 32 of 46 3-point attempts.

Pelicans: F Nikola Mirotic, New Orleans' third-leading scorer, missed his second straight game with an illness. Randle started in his place. ... Darius Miller made four of his six 3-point shots for all of his 12 points off the bench while Moore made three of four. Davis made both of his shots from deep and Randle made two of three. ... Holiday, who has struggled with turnovers at times, finished with eight assists and only one turnover.

LINEUP SHIFT

With Randle moving from sixth man to starter, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry decided to try to solidify his second unity by moving usual starting wing E'Twaun Moore into a reserve role and start defensive-minded Solomon Hill. The Pelicans improved defensively and enjoyed a boost in bench scoring that allowed them to increase leads several times while starters rested.

Moore finished with 17 points and six assists in 26:24 and made three of four 3s.

''If I come off the bench I don't care. I'm going to jump right into the fire with an aggressive mindset,'' Moore said. ''I'm definitely down for it. Anything to help the team win.''

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Houston on Saturday night.

Pelicans: Host Memphis on Friday night.

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Key Players
L. Doncic
77 SF
A. Davis
23 PF
37.5 Min. Per Game 37.5
28.0 Pts. Per Game 28.0
4.8 Ast. Per Game 4.8
13.0 Reb. Per Game 13.0
43.8 Field Goal % 50.7
44.0 Three Point % 51.0
78.7 Free Throw % 81.2
  Out of bounds turnover on Dwight Powell 0:16
+ 1 Dwight Powell made 3rd of 3 free throws 0:47
+ 1 Dwight Powell made 2nd of 3 free throws 0:47
  Shooting foul on Jahlil Okafor 0:47
  Defensive rebound by Dwight Powell 0:51
  Cheick Diallo missed dunk 0:52
  Offensive rebound by Cheick Diallo 0:52
  Jahlil Okafor missed layup 0:56
  Defensive rebound by Wesley Johnson 1:09
  Dwight Powell missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:13
+ 3 Wesley Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot 1:24
Team Stats
Points 106 132
Field Goals 39-91 (42.9%) 51-92 (55.4%)
3-Pointers 14-46 (30.4%) 17-29 (58.6%)
Free Throws 14-21 (66.7%) 13-20 (65.0%)
Total Rebounds 53 54
Offensive 11 5
Defensive 34 41
Team 8 8
Assists 26 36
Steals 7 12
Blocks 4 6
Turnovers 18 11
Fouls 17 15
Technicals 3 1
11 PTS, 2 REB, 7 AST
27 PTS, 4 REB, 9 AST
1234T
away team logo Mavericks 12-11 31222726106
home team logo Pelicans 13-13 32372835132
Team Stats
away team logo Mavericks 12-11 110.5 PPG 45.4 RPG 22.8 APG
home team logo Pelicans 13-13 118.0 PPG 47.7 RPG 27.1 APG
Key Players
H. Barnes SF 17.6 PPG 4.5 RPG 1.4 APG 41.0 FG%
A. Davis PF 26.9 PPG 12.4 RPG 4.9 APG 50.2 FG%
Top Scorers
H. Barnes SF 16 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
A. Davis PF 27 PTS 4 REB 9 AST
42.9 FG% 55.4
30.4 3PT FG% 58.6
66.7 FT% 65.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 23 16 2 1 1 0 3 1 5/13 3/9 3/4 0 2 18 -16
W. Matthews 24 15 2 3 2 0 0 1 5/9 2/6 3/5 0 2 25 -21
D. Finney-Smith 28 12 5 3 0 0 1 3 5/10 2/4 0/0 2 3 22 -18
L. Doncic 22 8 4 6 0 0 2 1 2/8 1/4 3/4 0 4 22 -8
D. Jordan 24 2 8 0 0 0 4 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 7 6 -16
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 23 16 2 1 1 0 3 1 5/13 3/9 3/4 0 2 18 -16
W. Matthews 24 15 2 3 2 0 0 1 5/9 2/6 3/5 0 2 25 -21
D. Finney-Smith 28 12 5 3 0 0 1 3 5/10 2/4 0/0 2 3 22 -18
L. Doncic 22 8 4 6 0 0 2 1 2/8 1/4 3/4 0 4 22 -8
D. Jordan 24 2 8 0 0 0 4 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 7 6 -16
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Barea 18 14 2 4 2 0 4 0 6/10 2/4 0/0 1 1 22 -15
D. Powell 23 12 10 0 0 2 2 2 4/7 0/2 4/5 3 7 22 -10
J. Brunson 25 11 2 7 2 0 0 4 5/9 1/3 0/2 0 2 29 -9
R. Broekhoff 16 9 4 1 0 1 1 0 3/7 2/5 1/1 1 3 15 -1
M. Kleber 24 5 5 1 0 1 0 3 2/12 1/8 0/0 2 3 13 -10
D. Harris 9 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 0 2 -6
D. Nowitzki - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mejri - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Spalding - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Macon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Antetokounmpo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Smith Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 106 45 26 7 4 18 17 39/91 14/46 14/21 11 34 196 -130
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 33 27 4 9 2 5 2 2 10/20 2/2 5/6 0 4 54 +11
J. Randle 35 27 18 1 0 0 1 2 11/16 2/3 3/7 2 16 46 +21
J. Holiday 34 17 1 8 4 1 1 1 6/11 1/3 4/5 0 1 38 +21
T. Frazier 23 8 6 7 1 0 2 1 3/5 1/3 1/2 0 6 27 -2
S. Hill 22 3 0 2 0 0 1 3 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 0 6 +21
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 33 27 4 9 2 5 2 2 10/20 2/2 5/6 0 4 54 +11
J. Randle 35 27 18 1 0 0 1 2 11/16 2/3 3/7 2 16 46 +21
J. Holiday 34 17 1 8 4 1 1 1 6/11 1/3 4/5 0 1 38 +21
T. Frazier 23 8 6 7 1 0 2 1 3/5 1/3 1/2 0 6 27 -2
S. Hill 22 3 0 2 0 0 1 3 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 0 6 +21
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Moore 26 17 4 6 0 0 2 3 7/16 3/4 0/0 0 4 31 +19
D. Miller 26 12 1 2 1 0 1 0 4/6 4/6 0/0 0 1 17 +10
C. Diallo 23 10 10 1 3 0 1 1 5/6 0/0 0/0 3 7 24 +17
I. Clark 3 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 2/3 2/3 0/0 0 1 8 +3
W. Johnson 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 1 4 +3
J. Okafor 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +3
A. Harrison 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +3
N. Mirotic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Payton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bluiett - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 132 46 36 12 6 11 15 51/92 17/29 13/20 5 41 257 +130