Detroit Pistons lose at home to Anthony Davis-led New Orleans Pelicans
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
— New Orleans star Anthony Davis dominated Detroit as he usually does, scoring all over the court no matter who was trying to defend him in a red, white and blue uniform.
In another one of his strong performances against the Pistons, Davis had 38 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pelicans to a 118-103 victory on Monday.
Davis is averaging 30.4 points per game against the Pistons, his highest total against an NBA team. He scored a career-high 59 against them nearly two years ago.
“It’s not just them,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. “It might be him.”
Davis is a key reason why the Pelicans have won 11 of the last 12 games against the Pistons.
Detroit attempted to defend Davis with Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin, but they were no match for Davis inside, off the dribble or on the outside. The All-Star was 14 of 24 from the field, including 3 for 6 on 3-pointers.
“I’m playing him as tough as possible, and I didn’t give him any easy layups,” Drummond said. “He’s just a hell of a player, and he’s making contested jumpers and contested 3s.”
Davis had 10 points in the second quarter, powering New Orleans to a 60-52 lead at halftime.
Nikola Mirotic helped the Pelicans pull away in the third quarter and finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
“We were terrible on defense,” Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said. “I don’t think we did anything well. When you aren’t getting back in transition and you won’t get your body between the ball and the basket, you aren’t tough enough to win.”
The Pistons have lost three straight after winning five in a row, including four with Griffin.
“We haven’t deserved to win these last three games,” Van Gundy said.