New Orleans – Anthony Davis scored 40 points and led the New Orleans Pelicans to victory 125-115 at the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.
Davis won his 43-point victory in 129-124 against New York on Friday night by leading a balanced scoring effort to New Orleans, which won its fifth game in six games. Davis shot 10 to 20 from the field and converted 20 of the 21 chances from the line.
Julius Randall had 21 points and 14 rebounds from the bench of the pelicans. Nicola Mirotti got 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Joe Holliday overcame complicated trouble to finish with 19 points and Atwan Moore added 13 points.
Nicola Jokic had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Gary Harris scored 24, and Juancho Hernangomez had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Nuggets, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Monte Maurice went off the bench to add 13 points and Malé Marie was 11.
New Orleans enjoyed a significant advantage on offense line and shot 31 out of 34 from the line. Nuggets shot 8 out of 13.
The Pelicans, who recovered from a 19-point deficit against the Knicks, was much easier against the Nuggets.
Although Denver started out, New Orleans led the lead at the end of the first quarter and did not come back again.
Davis scored 12 points when the Flikans held a 37-35 lead after the first quarter. He finished with 12 in half an hour as his team stuck to lead 70-67 at halftime. And while Davis had only four points in the third quarter, New Orleans had a 98-88 advantage over the last period.
The Nuggets got within seven points three times early in the fourth quarter, but Davis and Holiday scored four points at a 8-0 run that gave New Orleans a 110-95 lead midway through the quarter.
The closest Denver came after it was nine points.
Nuggets: Denver was coming all season high penalty in a 138-93 win at home against Atlanta on Monday. . Jokic is the leading scorer of the Nuggets (17.1 points per game) and he exceeded his average in the first quarter, finishing the season with 18 points.
Pelicans: Pelicans had four spears in double figures in the middle of the second quarter. … Davis had 22 points in the first half, the second consecutive game that has more than 20 points in the first half. He scored 23 in the first half of a 129-124 win against the Knicks on Friday. . Holiday went to the bench in the middle of the third quarter, after committing his fourth offense.
Unnamed: PAYTON OUT INDFINITLY
Pelicans G Elfried Peyton will see a hand surgeon next week to get an estimate of a broken little finger on his left hand that is damaged against the Knicks on Friday. It was Peyton's first game back in the lineup after missing nine straight due to a sprained ankle right.
Nuggets: Denver visits Milwaukee on Monday.
Pelicans: New Orleans hosts San Antonio on Monday.
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