MILWAUKEE (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 43 points, tying a career high and helping the New Orleans Pelicans pull away for a 114-103 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.
Eric Gordon added 16 and Tyreke Evans had 13 before leaving the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury. The Pelicans shot 59 percent for the game and 60 percent from 3-point range.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had a career-high 29 points for the Bucks, who have lost seven of nine. Michael Carter-Williams tallied 25, his highest-scoring game for Milwaukee since being acquired last month in a trade-deadline deal, and Khris Middleton scored 17.
Milwaukee took a 101-100 lead with 3:35 remaining on a runner by Antetokounmpo. Davis, who recorded his third career 40-point game, then scored eight consecutive points as New Orleans closed the game on a 14-2 run.
The Pelicans held a 77-71 lead after three quarters, led by Davis’ 32 points.
New Orleans shot 61 percent over the first two quarters, the highest of any Milwaukee opponent in a half this season, to take a 60-50 lead. Davis shot 9 of 12 for 20 first-half points, while Gordon had 15. The Pelicans were 8 of 10 3-pointers in the first half.
Milwaukee connected on 51 percent of its first-half shots. It was led by Antetokounmpo and Middleton with 12 apiece.
After the Bucks grabbed an early six-point lead, the Pelicans used a 16-2 run to take a 29-26 advantage after the first quarter, led by 14 points from Davis.
Pelicans: Evans left the game with 1:23 left in the third quarter with an injury to his left ankle. He was helped to the locker room and did not return. … New Orleans (35-29) surpassed last season’s win total.
Bucks: O.J. Mayo sat out for the sixth time in seven games with right hamstring soreness.
Pelicans: Visit Brooklyn on Tuesday night.
Bucks: Host Orlando on Wednesday night.
This article was written by Rich Rovito from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.