ANTHONY Davis sparked a fourth quarter blitz and the surging New Orleans Pelicans held on to beat the struggling Los Angeles Clippers, 102-98, on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).
Davis finished with 20 points and led a 16-5 spurt midway in the fourth period for a 97-87 lead with over four minutes to go. He also had a floater to push the lead to 101-93 with 1:41 remaining. The Clippers cut the gap down to three with 35 ticks to play, but the Pelicans held on to nab their third straight win as Marreese Speights missed a 3-pointer in the dying seconds.
Buddy Hield added 17 points for New Orleans, while Tyreke Evans scored a season-high 12 markers, six games after returning from a right knee injury. JRue Holiday also had 11 points and nine assists.
Chris Paul scored 21 points for the Clippers, which absorbed its fourth straight loss. Austin Rivers finished with 22 points and DeAndre Jordan finished with 25 rebounds and 13 markers.
New Orleans weathered the loss of coach Alvin Gentry, who was ejected while arguing over a foul called against Holiday as he defended Paul on a 3-point attempt. Pelicans assistant Darren Erman took over after Gentry was sent to the locker room.