Davis, Randle lead Pelicans past Spurs, 140-126
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 29 points and nine rebounds, Julius Randle added 21 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in 25 minutes, and the New Orleans Pelicans won their third straight with a 140-126 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.
Randle injected the Pelicans with the hustle and play-making they needed from their top reserve. He had six of New Orleans’ 14 offensive rebounds as New Orleans totaled 21 second-chance points. He also made nine of his 13 shots.
E’Twaun Moore scored 24 points and Jrue Holiday 21 for New Orleans, which shot nearly 58 percent (59 of 102). Nikola Mirotic hit three of four 3-point attempts and finished with 13 points, while second-year pro Frank Jackson, who because of injury did not make his debut until this season, scored 12 points.
DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and Bryn Forbes added 20 for the Spurs, who’ve lost four of five. Dante Cunningham hit all five 3s he attempted and scored 19 points, but did not score in the second half. Rudy Gay added 17 points.
Sharp shooting from deep helped San Antonio build a 10-point lead in the first half. San Antonio hit 10 of its first 14 3-point shots, with Cunningham hitting all five he attempted in front of what used to be his home crowd. When Forbes hit his fourth 3 of the game, San Antonio led 60-51 with 4:28 still left in the second quarter.
But Randle’s driving layup 10 seconds later marked the beginning of a game-turning 17-5 Pelicans run during the next 3 1/2 minutes.
Moore hit a pair of 3s during the spurt, Randle added a follow shot while being fouled and Jackson converted a pair of transition layups, one a reverse as he was fouled.
Holiday’s layups gave New Orleans a three-point lead before DeRozan’s layup made it 68-67 at halftime.
New Orleans began the second half with an 8-0 run that included two 3s by Mirotic. San Antonio briefly got as close as 83-82 on Gay’s fade.
New Orleans responded with seven straight points on Wesley Johnson’s wing 3 and consecutive dunks by Davis, and the Pelicans methodically built a double-digit lead that got as large as 20 during a largely anticlimactic fourth quarter.
Spurs: Fell to 2-6 on the road. ... Marco Belinelli and Jakob Poeltl each scored 11, while LaMarcus Aldridge grabbed 10 rebounds. ... Attempted just six 3s in the second half, missing five. ... Committed 15 turnovers that led to 25 Pelicans points.
Pelicans: Randle now has six career triple-doubles. ... New Orleans improved to 8-1 at home and 8-0 when Davis plays. ... Had 34 assists on 59 made field goals. ... Holiday had nine assists but also committed five of New Orleans’ 11 turnovers.
Spurs: Host Memphis on Wednesday night.
Pelicans: Visit Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
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