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    Anthony Davis was dominant in his surprise return from injury but could not lift New Orleans past Orlando. AP

    NEW Orleans' Anthony Davis returned sooner than expected from a sprained ankle and had 33 points and 13 rebounds in the Pelicans' 114-111 overtime loss at Orlando on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).

    Davis was hurt Oct. 12 during a preseason game against Houston in China and the Pelicans said he was expected back in 10 days to two weeks, a timeline that could have meant missing the regular-season opener next Wednesday.

    But Davis made it back in about a week, dominating right from the start of the game. He scored 16 points in 9 minutes of the first quarter as the Pelicans raced to a 38-22 lead. It would grow to 23 later in the game before Orlando rallied, then pulled it out in OT after rookie Buddy Hield missed a chance to win it for New Orleans before the regulation buzzer.

    Terrence Jones added 20 points for the Pelicans, who finished preseason 1-4.

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    Evan Fournier scored 22 points for the Magic's final preseason outing. Serge Ibaka added 18.

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    Anthony Davis was dominant in his surprise return from injury but could not lift New Orleans past Orlando. AP
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