NEW ORLEANS – Anthony Davis had 30 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, and the New Orleans Pelicans handed the struggling Miami Heat their seventh loss in eleven video games, one zero five-95 on Saturday night time.
LeBron James twisted his right ankle while stepping on Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans’ foot throughout a drive to the hoop late within the third quarter, but remained in the game and finished with 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. It was not sufficient for Miami, which gave guard Dwyane Wade and center Greg Oden the night off following Friday’s victory at Memphis.
Pelicans guard Eric Gordon also sat out with a sore left knee, but New Orleans got 14 points from Evans, 12 from Al-Farouq Aminu and 11 from Luke Babbitt.
Mario Chalmers scored 19 factors and Michael Beasley sixteen for Miami, which trailed for all however 18 seconds of the second half and trailed by as much as sixteen in the fourth quarter.
Babbitt was making his first start of the season and hit three three-pointers. The Pelicans had been 7 of 17 from lengthy range and hit 51 p.c (forty three of eighty four) of their shots from the sphere. Miami shot 50.7 % (37 of 73), however turned the ball over sixteen times, resulting in 19 New Orleans factors.
New Orleans, which has won two straight, additionally outrebounded Miami 38-33.
Toney Douglas started for Wade, but was called for his fourth foul after turning the ball over to Davis early in the third quarter and performed solely thirteen:fifty two.
The Pelicans led 76-seventy two after three intervals, but began to pull away early within the fourth even as Davis was resting on the bench. Anthony Morrow, who had 10 points, hit his second three to give New Orleans an eighty five-seventy six lead with nine minutes left.
Davis checked in shortly after, and put the Pelicans up ninety two-78 on a 21-foot bank shot as he was fouled by Chris Andersen. The lead bought as giant as sixteen on Austin Rivers’ free throws with 4:33 left and Miami never received closer than eight factors after that.
Miami opened the game on a 10-2 run, which turned out to be its greatest lead of the game. Then the Warmth acquired sloppy. The Pelicans scored off of turnovers by James, Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh throughout a 15-3 run, highlighted by Davis’ steal from Bosh for a breakaway dunk.
New Orleans took its largest lead of the primary half when Aminu’s layup made it 38-30, however James’ soaring alley-oop jam of a baseline inbound cross from Douglas sparked an 8-zero run that tied it.
Davis had 14 points in the first half, and his putback dunk put New Orleans up 43-38 earlier than Ray Allen’s 3 and James’ 19-foot fadeaway helped pull Miami to 45-43 at halftime.
Notes: The Pelicans’ victory was their first over Miami since November 2010… Bosh completed with 12 points for the Warmth and Allen had 10.