DAVIS, HIELD CARRY PELICANS TO WIN OVER PACERS
new orleans» Anthony Davis had 35 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots, rookie Buddy Hield scored a career-high 21 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Indiana Pacers 102-95 on Thursday night.
Davis highlighted a dynamic performance with two 3-pointers and a couple of driving dunks. He was at his best during a pivotal 15-0 Pelicans run inside the final five minutes, when he converted a three-point play on a driving dunk, hit a 3, added four free throws and blocked two shots.
Jrue Holiday, who started the surge with a driving layup, had 16 points.
Myles Turner scored 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting for Indiana, but the Pacers missed eight straight shots during a fourminute scoring drought late in the fourth quarter. Indiana’s Jeff Teague scored 19 points.
Kawhi Leonard had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Pau Gasol added 18 points and nine rebounds to lead the Spurs to a 107-92 victory over the Suns. The Spurs improved to an NBA-best 14-1 on the road. Devin Booker’s 17 points led the Suns, who missed a chance to win consecutive games for only the second time this season. … Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and Jabari Parker added 28 to lead the Bucks to a 108-97 victory over the Bulls. Milwaukee led the entire game and held a 24-point advantage early in the fourth quarter but had to hold on to snap a three-game losing streak, its longest of the season. Antetokounmpo has totaled 88 points and 35 rebounds in his last three games, and Parker has reached at least 27 points in four of his last five. Chicago lost for the fifth time in seven games and dropped its third straight on the road despite 21 points from Jimmy Butler and 20 from Dwyane Wade.
Grizzlies’ Conley healing quickly. Memphis star guard Mike Conley apparently is a very fast healer. The Grizzlies upgraded Conley from out to doubtful on their injury report Thursday night, less than three weeks after he broke bones in his lower back, an injury expected to keep him out at least six weeks. Memphis also announced that rookie forward Deyonta Davis will miss up to eight weeks after tearing the plantar fascia in his left foot Tuesday night in a loss at Cleveland. The Associated Press