Pelicans pull away to beat reeling Lakers
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans pulled away from the reeling Los Angeles Lakers in the second half to win 109-102 on Wednesday, with Anthony Davis having 25 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots for the hosts.
Elsewhere, Houston won the first regular-season game played in Mexico for 17 years by defeating Minnesota, Indiana took the lead late and beat Miami, while Portland dominated the first half to extend Denver’s losing streak.
New Orleans outscored Los Angeles 60-34 in the key and shot 54.9 percent compared to 41.7 for the Lakers.
Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 11 assists while Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday each added 17 points for the Pelicans.
Kobe Bryant scored 33 on 10-of-28 shooting for Los Angeles, which has seven losses from eight games to start the new season.
Houston’s Dwight Howard had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a 113-101 win over Minnesota in Mexico City.
Howard, who missed the Rockets’ only loss of the season Saturday against Golden State, came back strongly, shooting 9 of 16 from the field and blocking four shots in 33 minutes.
James Harden scored 23 points and added 10 assists for the Rockets, who tied Memphis for the best record in the Western Conference at 7-1.
With point guard Ricky Rubio sidelined indefinitely with an ankle sprain, the Timberwolves lost their third in a row. Corey Brewer scored 18 points for Minnesota.
Indiana’s Chris Copeland scored 17 points and put his team ahead to stay on a layup with 43 seconds left, as the undermanned Pacers beat Miami 81-75.
Roy Hibbert had 16 points and 15 rebounds for Indiana, which won the rebounds 53-28 despite missing four of the five starters from their previous meeting with the Heat in last year’s playoffs.
Dwyane Wade scored 20 for Miami, which trailed by seven in the fourth quarter before tying the game twice but never recapturing the lead.
Portland’s Damian Lillard had 27 points and a season-high nine assists as the Trail Blazers beat Denver 130-113.
The Blazers led 84-50 at halftime, one basket from matching the team record for points in a half (86) set in 1985-86.
Robin Lopez scored 15 of his 19 points in the decisive first half.
Ty Lawson had 32 points for the Nuggets, who went on a 15-0 run in the third quarter and still trailed by 21.
Washington held off Detroit to win 107-103, with John Wall having 27 points and 11 assists.
The teams traded the lead on five consecutive baskets before Wall’s jumper with 1:11 to play put the Wizards ahead 101-100. Marcin Gortat dunked with 38 seconds to play, giving Washington a three-point lead.
Rasual Butler had 18 points for the Wizards. His two free throws with 4 seconds to play put Washington ahead 107-103. Butler made seven of his eight field goal attempts.
Detroit lost for the third straight time. Brandon Jennings scored 16 of his 32 points in the first quarter.
Oklahoma City overcame a slew of injuries to beat Boston 109-94, with Reggie Jackson having 28 points and eight assists.
Orlando handed New York is sixth-straight loss as Evan Fournier scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Magic to a 97-95 victory.
Atlanta’s Paul Millsap had 30 points and 17 rebounds to help the Hawks defeat Utah 100-97.
Phoenix’s Gerald Green came off the bench to score 28 points and help the Suns erase a 19-point deficit to beat Brooklyn 112-104.