Pelicans off the mark with Mavs win despite Davis injury
(The Sports Xchange) - The New Orleans Pelicans snapped a six-game losing start to the season with a 120-105 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, but celebrations for a first win of the campaign were muted in the wake of an injury to Andrew Davis.
Star forward Davis suffered a right hip contusion at the conclusion of the first half and did not return. He was not on the bench during the second half nor in the locker room after the game. X-rays came back negative.
"He got hit with a knee," Pelican coach Alvin Gentry told reporters, adding he was not sure if Davis would make the trip to Atlanta for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.
"Such is life," he added with a wry smile.
Ryan Anderson recorded his first double-double of the season, scoring 25 points and grabbing 11 rebounds off the bench to lead New Orleans.
Davis, Eric Gordon, Ish Smith and Toney Douglas scored 17 apiece for the Pelicans, while Jrue Holiday added 10 points in a little more than 15 minutes.
"Obviously, when (Davis) goes out, guys have to step up," Anderson said. "We did that. I mean you go down the line, guys really just played their hearts out."
Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points to lead the Mavericks, who have lost three of their past four games.
Charlie Villaneuva added 15 points, Zaza Pachulia 12, Justin Anderson 11 and Dwight Powell and J.J. Barea 10 apiece for Dallas, who trailed 58-40 after two quarters and by as many as 28 in the second half. Continued...