DAVIS, HIELD CARRY PELICANS TO WIN OVER PAC­ERS

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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.

THURS­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

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.

FOOT­NOTE

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

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