San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Anthony Davis drove past Aron Baynes for
the go-ahead layup with 6.6 seconds remaining, as the New Orleans Pelicans
pulled out a 100-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
Davis had 27 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks for the Pelicans, who have won
two straight games. New Orleans, which had lost seven straight at San Antonio,
also got 18 points from Tyreke Evans, who came up with a key block on Kawhi
Leonard’s 3-point try from the left corner in the closing seconds.
Leonard got the ball back, but his shot from the left baseline bounced off the
rim as time expired.
Jrue Holiday totaled 15 points and 11 assists for New Orleans.
Tony Parker scored 28 for the Spurs, who lost to the Pelicans for only the
third time in the last 16 meetings. Danny Green scored 16, and Leonard ended
with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Tim Duncan supplied 11 points and 10 boards in
San Antonio’s second straight loss.
Eric Gordon, who had 14 points for the visitors, hit a jumper that widened the
margin to 98-92 with 2:24 left, but Boris Diaw scored a reverse layup, Leonard
hit a jumper in the closing minute, and Green was then fouled while attempting
a 3-point shot. His feet got tangled with Gordon, who committed the foul.
Green made all three attempts with 12 seconds left to give the Spurs a 99-98
edge, the first lead for the hosts since 8:18 of the opening quarter.
Davis then got the ensuing inbounds pass at the foul line and blew by Baynes
for the winning shot.
New Orleans held a 30-23 lead after the opening quarter and 55-53 at the half.
They extended the difference to 81-71 after 36 minutes.
The Spurs are 22-4 at home in this matchup … Manu Ginobili had 17 points for
the Spurs, who went 5-of-18 from 3-point range … San Antonio held a 49-30
edge on the glass.