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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 1:00 am

NBA

Pelicans' Davis scores 38 on Pistons

Associated Press

DETROIT – New Orleans star Anthony Davis dominated Detroit as he usually does, scoring all over the court no matter who was trying to defend him in a red, white and blue uniform.

In another one of his strong performances against the Pistons, Davis had 38 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pelicans to a 118-103 victory Monday night.

Davis is averaging 30.4 points per game against the Pistons, his highest total against an NBA team. He scored a career-high 59 against them nearly two years ago.

“It's not just them,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. “It might be him.”

Davis is a key reason why the Pelicans have won 11 of the last 12 games against the Pistons.

Detroit attempted to defend Davis with Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin, but they were no match for Davis inside, off the dribble or on the outside. The All-Star was 14 of 24 from the field, including 3 for 6 on 3-pointers.

“I'm playing him as tough as possible, and I didn't give him any easy layups,” Drummond said. “He's just a hell of a player, and he's making contested jumpers and contested 3s.”

Davis had 10 points in the second quarter to power New Orleans to a 60-52 lead at halftime.

Nikola Mirotic helped the Pelicans pull away in the third quarter. He finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

 BULLS 105, MAGIC 101: In Chicago, Zach LaVine broke for a tiebreaking dunk after stealing an inbounds pass in the closing seconds, and Lauri Markkanen scored 21 points to lead Chicago.

The Bulls blew an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter but still came away with their second win in three games after dropping seven in a row.

LaVine stole Jonathon Simmons' inbounds attempt with 15 seconds left and finished with a thunderous slam. He added two free throws after Mario Hezonja missed a 3-pointer to lift Chicago to a tight win.

LaVine finished with 18 points.

Hezonja led Orlando with 24 points, and Evan Fournier scored 22.