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new or­leans»An­thony Davis high­lighted a 20-point per­for­mance with a soar­ing, one-handed al­ley-oop dunk dur­ing a piv­otal fourth-quar­ter spurt, and the sud­denly surg­ing New Or­leans Pel­i­cans beat the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers 102-98 on Wed­nes­day night.

Buddy Hield scored 17 points for New Or­leans, which was won three straight, while Pel­i­cans re­serve guard Tyreke Evans added a sea­son-high 12 points in his sixth game back from a right knee in­jury.

Chris Paul re­turned from a three-game ab­sence and scored 21 points, while DeAn­dre Jor­dan had 25 re­bounds to go with 13 points.

Mar­reese Speights, who scored 11 points, missed a po­ten­tial ty­ing 3-pointer in the fi­nal sec­onds. Davis then tipped the miss to Pel­i­cans guard Jrue Hol­i­day, doom­ing the Clip­pers to a fourth straight loss.

Hol­i­day had 11 points and nine as­sists.


Kemba Walker scored 21 points, Ni­co­las Ba­tum had 20 and the Hor­nets used a huge third quar­ter to rout the Magic 120-101. Jeremy Lamb added 14 points and Ra­mon Ses­sions scored 13 off the bench as the Hor­nets won for the fourth time in five games. … John Wall had 36 points and 11 re­bounds, and the Wizards held off the Pacers 111-105 night de­spite play­ing the sec­ond half with­out Bradley Beal. … Jabari Parker scored 31 points and Gian­nis An­te­tokuompo added 23 points and eight re­bounds as the Bucks beat the Pistons 119-94. Greg Mon­roe added 14 points, six as­sists and five re­bounds against his for­mer team to help the Bucks win for the sec­ond time in five games. Tony Snell and Matthew Dellave­dova each scored 11. … Den­nis Schroder scored 27 points, Dwight Howard added 16 points and 22 re­bounds, and the Hawks took ad­van­tage of Carmelo An­thony’s sec­ond-quar­ter ejec­tion to beat the Knicks 102-98 in over­time. … Jimmy But­ler matched his sea­son high with 40 points and hit an 18-footer at the buzzer roughly five min­utes af­ter be­ing helped off the court with an ap­par­ent in­jury to give the Bulls a 101-99 come­back vic­tory over the Nets.


Ge­orge fined $15,000. In­di­ana Pacers for­ward Paul Ge­orge was fined $15,000 and coach Nate McMil­lan $10,000 on Wed­nes­day by the NBA for pub­lic crit­i­cism of of­fi­ci­at­ing. Ge­orge and McMil­lan spoke af­ter the Pacers’ 90-85 loss at Chicago on Mon­day night.

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