March 17, 2018

Anthony Davis: Suffers sprained ankle, questionable to return

10 March 2018, 12:40 | Rufus Hill

Davis' monster game carries Pelicans past Clippers

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis left dunks as Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday

Nikola Mirotic had 26 points and 10 rebounds off the bench as the surging New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Kings 114-101 on Wednesday at Golden 1 Center. Harris and Williams each scored 27 points and Harrell added 26, but the Clippers paid the price for their inconsistent play and failed to hold off the Pelicans in crunch time.

Once he returned to the floor in the second half, Davis showed no signs of being slowed by the rib injury.

New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins is headed toward unrestricted free agency while recovering from a torn Achilles, but if frontcourt mate Anthony Davis has his way, the big man will stick around.

The Pelicans had a 12-3 run over the final 1:16 to pull out the win.

After being down 20 points in the third, the Clippers made things interesting in the fourth behind a raucous crowd eager for a comeback victory.

"Won't know anything until tomorrow", Gentry said. He's a guy that's going to do everything he can to help us win games. "Any time you twist an ankle it hurts, especially when you come down on somebody's foot, because you really don't have any protection". "If I had a shot, I took the shot".

Holiday overcame a poor shooting night (7 of 22 field goals) to finish with 19 points, a career-high 17 assists (with only two turnovers) and a game-saving steal while guarding Williams down the stretch.

Jrue Holiday added 23, Davis scored 17, E'Twaun Moore had 15 and Ian Clark 11 as the Pelicans finished sweeping a four-game road trip to extend the second-longest current win streak in the National Basketball Association. "That is why he is an All-Star player and the leader of our team".

Clippers coach Doc Rivers offered his assessment of the outcome.

Analysis: The Pelicans have won eight in a row and it's kept them in a very tight playoff race near the bottom of the western conference playoffs.

"I just played simple", Mirotic said.

"We'll find out at 7 o'clock", Davis told ESPN. The win over the Kings wrapped up a four-game trip for the Pelicans, who return to their home court Friday to host the Washington Wizards.

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