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BBNBA: AD Explodes for 46 in Second Revenge Game Against Pelicans

(Jesse D. Garrabrant | Getty Images)

(Jesse D. Garrabrant | Getty Images)

Good afternoon, folks. Anthony Davis and LeBron James are still clearly not happy with the New Orleans Pelicans. Let’s talk NBA.

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Davis’ 46 powers Lakers past Pelicans for second time this season

For the second time this season and the first time playing at his new home in Los Angeles, Anthony Davis went head-to-head with the team that traded him this past offseason for a prize package of talented youth and future draft picks. And for the second time this season, the Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans, this time by a score of 123-113.

Davis poured in 46 points on an outstanding 15-21 shooting (3-5 from deep) to go along with 13 rebounds and three steals. It marks the fifth time this season that AD has gone for 40 or more – two of them have now come against this former team (Davis dropped 41 in a win over the Pels in November).

”The first game in New Orleans was definitely a lot more emotional, not only going against my former team but playing in that arena again,” Davis said following the game. ”Tonight, I think my teammates just gave me great opportunities and put me in great positions to score the basketball. I don’t think I did anything, especially I didn’t prepare any differently. Just came out and played basketball.”

The former No. 1 overall pick was catching lobs he had no business throwing down and dominating the Pels on the glass. The Lakers built its lead to as many as 24 in the third quarter, but New Orleans fought back to cut the lead down to seven with just a few minutes left. However, a Danny Green triple and a great shot by Davis prevented any comeback dreams.

For the Lakers, Rajon Rondo contributed two points, five rebounds, and five assists in 15 minutes.

Following the game, LeBron took to social media – as he often does – and made it known that he and AD are still not happy with how the former ‘Cat was treated following the chaotic trade drama from last season.

(@kingjames)

I gotta be honest with you, LeBron. I don’t think anyone thought the Lakers gave up too much for a six-time All-Star. I’d say the deal worked out great for both parties, all things considered.

Booker drops 38 in much-needed win over Knicks

Following an eight-game losing streak for the Phoenix Suns, they’ve now won three out of its previous four games thanks to a 120-112 win over the New York Knicks on Friday night. Highlighted by another 30-plus scoring performance from Devin Booker – his fifth consecutive game with at least 30 points – the Suns head into a five-game home stretch with winnable games in all of them. Sitting on a 14-21 record, Phoenix is about to have a shot at reclaiming its season and working back into the playoff picture.

Booker dropped 38 agaisnt the Knicks on 14-27 shooting and a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe (over his last three games, Booker is 32-33 from the free-throw line). He also added three rebounds and seven assists for the Suns, who had to rally late in the game to secure the home win agaisnt a surging Knicks team. Five straight games with at least 30 points is a career-high for Booker and it ties the franchise high for any Suns player.

New York might have needed the win more than Phoenix, actually, considering how close they were to holding on before watching the lead slowing slip out of their fingers. The Knicks had won three straight games before Friday’s loss. Julius Randle registered 13 points and 13 rebounds on 5-17 shooting and an 0-6 mark from deep. His teammate, Kevin Knox, played in just 12 minutes, adding three points and four rebounds.

What is wrong with the Miami Heat?

The last three games have seen some head-scratching displays from the Miami Heat. They’re 1-2 in those outings, with the lone win coming against the Toronto Raptors, who scored just 76 points. But it’s no Miami’s defense that looks out of sync, its the offense. The Heat dropped 105 in an 18-point blowout loss to the Washington Wizards and then scored just 84 the next game against the Raps. On Friday night against the Orlando Magic, the Heat struggled again to score, losing 105-85. Miami scored just SIX points in the final quarter – the lowest total in any quarter by an NBA team in over two years.

The Heat were 3-19 in the fourth and missed all 10 of its three-point attempts. They shot just 7-37 from beyond the arc all game. Tyler Herro was 0-6 from deep and 2-11 from the field for just four points and five rebounds. Bam Adebayo‘s numbers were solid – 14 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks on 5-8 shooting – but Orlando’s top-5 defense was an impenetrable force through the entire second half.

Other notes

  • Enes Kanter went for 14 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks in the Boston Celtics 109-106 win over the Atlanta Hawks. The Celtics are now 6-0 when Kanter records double-digit rebounds.

Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Anthony Davis (LAL)123-113 W vs. NOP4615-21 (3-5)131313+2637
Devin Booker (PHX)120-112 W vs. NYK3814-27 (2-5)37004+738
Enes Kanter (BOS)109-106 W vs. ATL146-11 (0-1)111021+323
Bam Adebayo (MIA)85-105 L @ ORL145-8 (0-0)101122-534
Julius Randle (NYK)112-120 L @ PHX135-17 (0-6)133123-334
Tyler Herro (MIA)85-105 L @ ORL42-11 (0-6)51102-1824
Kevin Knox (NYK)112-120 L @ PHX31-2 (1-1)40000-412
Rajon Rondo (LAL)123-113 W vs. NOP21-4 (0-0)55001-1915
Skal Labissiere (POR)122-103 W @ WASDNP-Knee----------------
John Wall (WAS)103-122 L vs. PORDNP-Foot----------------
Darius Miller (NOP)113-123 L @ LALDNP-Achilles----------------

TODAY IN THE NBA

3:30: Grizzlies @ Clippers (Patterson)

6:00: Raptors @ Nets

7:00: Jazz @ Magic

7:30: Pacers @ Hawks

7:30: Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) @ Cavaliers (Knight)

8:00: Nuggets (Murray, Vanderbilt) @ Wizards (Wall-out)

8:00: Celtics (Kanter) @ Bulls

8:30: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington) @ Mavericks

8:30: Spurs (Lyles) @ Bucks (Bledsoe)

8:30: Pistons @ Warriors (Cauley-Stein)

10:00: Pelicans (Miller-out) @ Kings (Fox, Gabriel)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan