Davis re­turns with 33 points in Pel­i­cans’ last ex­hi­bi­tion

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The New Or­leans Pel­i­cans would have been happy just see­ing An­thony Davis on the court. The way he played should make them ec­static. The star for­ward re­turned sooner than ex­pected from a sprained right an­kle and had 33 points, 13 re­bounds and four as­sists’ in the Pel­i­cans’ 114-111 over­time loss in Or­lando on Thurs­day night. Davis was hurt Oct. 12 dur­ing a pre­sea­son game against Hous­ton in China and the Pel­i­cans said he was ex­pected back in 10 days to two weeks, a time­line that could have meant miss­ing the reg­u­lar-sea­son opener next Wed­nes­day. But Davis made it back in about a week, re­turn­ing to prac­tice Wed­nes­day and dom­i­nat­ing right from the start of Thurs­day’s game. He scored 16 points in 9 min­utes of the first quar­ter as the Pel­i­cans raced to a 38-22 lead. It would grow to 23 later in the game be­fore Or­lando ral­lied, then pulled it out in OT af­ter rookie Buddy Hield missed a chance to win it for New Or­leans be­fore the reg­u­la­tion buzzer. Ter­rence Jones added 20 points for the Pel­i­cans, who fin­ished 1-4. Evan Fournier scored 22 points as the Magic avoided a win­less pre­sea­son. Serge Ibaka added 18.

HORNETS 96, HEAT 88

Kemba Walker had 17 points and six as­sists as the Hornets won the matchup of last teams who met in the first round of last sea­son’s play­offs. Frank Kamin­sky added 16 points and six re­bounds for the Hornets, who close their pre­sea­son sched­ule tonight against Min­nesota. Rodney McGruder scored 16 points as the Heat, who beat the Hornets in seven games last spring, went largely with re­serves. Okaro White fin­ished with 13 points and 12 re­bounds. Der­rick Wil­liams also scored 13 points . ... Has­san White­side shot 1 for 6 and had four points in 15 min­utes . ... Go­ran Dragic and Jus­tise Winslow didn’t play. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 10 points and 14 re­bounds. Roy Hib­bert added eight points, 11 boards and three blocked shots . ... Ni­co­las Ba­tum scored 14 points but missed all three 3-point at­tempts.

KNICKS 116, NETS 111

Carmelo An­thony scored 21 points and the Knicks beat the Nets for the sec­ond time this pre­sea­son. Brook­lyn played its starters into the fi­nal min­utes and nearly came back, cut­ting the Knicks’ lead to three be­fore turn­ing it over in the clos­ing sec­onds. Jeremy Lin, who sat out the first meet­ing against his for­mer team, led the Nets with 24 points and 10 as­sists. Coach Jeff Hor­nacek said he ex­pects to meet with Der­rick Rose on Fri­day to show him tape of what he missed while away from the team for his civil rape trial. — AP

OR­LANDO: Or­lando Magic’s Evan Fournier, right, gets pos­ses­sion of the ball against New Or­leans Pel­i­cans’ Omer Asik, left, dur­ing the fi­nal sec­onds of over­time in an NBA pre­sea­son bas­ket­ball game, Thurs­day, in Or­lando, Fla. Or­lando won 114-111 in over­time. — AP

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