DeMarcus Cousins dominates shorthanded Nuggets as Pelicans get back on win track
DeMarcus Cousins imposed his will with 40 points and 22 rebounds. AP

NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins had 40 points, 22 rebounds and four blocks, and the New Orleans Pelicans won for the second time in three games without Anthony Davis after beating the Denver Nuggets, 123-114, on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).

Jrue Holiday scored 27 points for New Orleans, which shot 53.5 percent (46 of 86).

Davis missed his third straight game with a strained left adductor. His status for New Orleans' next game remains unclear.

Gary Harris scored 24 for the short-handed Nuggets, who remained without recently injured frontcourt stalwarts Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap. 

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