ANTHONY Davis came up clutch to help New Orleans quash a late Dallas rally as the Pelicans turned back the Mavericks, 111-104, at the Smoothie King Center on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
Langston Galloway drilled three straight treys bridging the third and fourth quarters to push the Pelicans on top by 11, 88-77, with 11:47 remaining in what was a nip-and-tuck affair early on.
Dallas, though, stormed back to cut the gap to one, 95-94, after Deron Williams’ back-to-back three pointers. Davis then scored the Pelicans’ first seven points in the final three minutes along with a big block down the stretch to snuff the Mavericks rally.
New Orleans led by 11 early on, 23-12, before Dirk Nowitzki led a 18-7 blitz to tie the game at 30 in the second quarter. Dallas even led by as much as four before New Orleans closed the half strong to take a 55-53 advantage. No team led by more than four after the break, until the Pelicans pulled away at the end of the third.
Davis finished with 28 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks, while Galloway added 17 on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from deep to help the Pelicans improve to 12-21. E’Twaun Moore and Buddy Hield chipped in 16 and 14 markers, respectively.
Dallas fell to 9-22 despite Deron Williams pouring eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. Wes Matthews and Seth Curry contributed 17 and 16 markers, respectively, while Harrison Barnes added 15. Nowitzki finished with 10 points in 17 minutes.