Pelicans blow lead in 94-93 loss to Hawks

Anthony Davis should be in MVP race

Davis Scores 48 in NO Win

Led by the the dueling dominant performances of their big men, the Pelicans demonstrated the formula to beating the Celtics: force Boston to shoot from the perimeter, take away the driving lanes and control the paint on both ends.

Davis was dominant, scoring a game-high 45 points to go along with 16 rebounds in New Orleans' 116-113 overtime win over the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference.

Atlanta is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders over their last five games. It earned the reputation of one of the best fourth quarter teams in the National Basketball Association, and it had a positive net rating to support that status.

The Pelicans attempted to inbound the ball with one-second remaining in the game, but failed to score, losing the game.

Brown said he told his coaches about it before the game but apparently wasn't taken seriously. "Sometime you have to get a little bit lucky".

Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and 11 rebounds for his NBA-leading 37th double-double of the season for the 'Wolves who recorded all five of their wins at home.

It's time to fear the Davis and DeMarcus Cousins tandem.

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Jarrett Jack had a season-high 22 points, and Enes Kanter finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat.

The Hawks wiped out that big deficit by the end of the third quarter.

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving drives against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during the second half of Tuesday's game at TD Garden. The Celtics pushed ahead by three, but Cousins and Davis combined for eight points in the extra session and Jrue Holiday (23 points) followed a go-ahead jumper with 1:21 left with another pull-up on the ensuing possession.

"We threw the kitchen sink at him", Budenholtzer said. The Pelicans made 19 of their 25 free throws (76.0 percent) and had a turnover percentage of 11.9 (better than their season average of 14.1). "We felt like we were doing a good job on Davis (in the first half) and we felt like if we could do it for another 24 minutes, the shooting percentages would fly up and some of their role players couldn't be able to maintain for 48 minutes".

The Nuggets led by as many as 23 points but were extended to the final minutes by the stubborn Mavericks. In his last three games, Davis has averaged 43 points on 56.3% shooting, plus 14 rebounds a game, and the team.

"I kind of saw it, but I mean you never really make those", Davis said of the shot he launched from just inside the opposite baseline. Hardaway's jumper gave NY a 96-77 lead with 1:22 remaining in the period, but New Orleans then went on a 17-4 run to cut it 100-94 midway through the fourth. New Orleans then almost won it, as E'Twaun Moore stole an inbounds pass and launched a 3-pointer that rimmed out at the buzzer. Cousins was by far the most hard player on the court for the Hawks offensively and defensively with his pressure in the paint. If there's any advantage to the Pelicans it's that this is their first game since a trip to London.

"I'm coming ready to play tonight", he deflected.

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