Pelicans' combo of Davis, Cousins KOs Pacers
INDIANAPOLIS -- Anthony Davis scored 37 points, DeMarcus Cousins added 32, and the New Orleans Pelicans extended their winning streak to three -- all on the road -- with a 117-112 victory against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Davis and Cousins each had a key basket in the final 1:10. Davis grabbed 14 rebounds, and Cousins pulled down 12.
New Orleans (6-5) has won consecutive road games at Dallas, Chicago and Indiana. The Pacers (5-6) have lost three in a row.
Indiana got 21 points and 12 rebounds from Myles Turner, 15 points from Victor Oladipo, and 14 each from Lance Stephenson and Darren Collison.
Indiana had beaten New Orleans seven consecutive times.
The Pelicans erased all of the 14-point halftime lead with strong play from Davis and Cousins to lead 96-94 heading into the fourth quarter. Cousins had a 14-point, five-rebound third quarter, and Davis had 13 points and four rebounds in the period.
Davis had 30 points through 36 minutes, and Cousins had 26.
New Orleans outscored Indiana 16-5 to begin the third quarter, hitting 8 of 9 field-goal attempts to slice the Pacers' lead to 80-77. A Cousins 3-pointer with 4:32 remaining cut the lead to 88-86. Moments later, a Cousins free throw gave New Orleans an 89-88 lead.
The Pacers shot a blistering 72.7 percent in the second quarter (16 of 22) and took a 75-61 halftime lead -- their highest first-half point production of the season. With an eight-point second quarter, Turner finished the half with 14 points and four rebounds.
Stephenson had a 12-point, five-rebound half and Young had 11 points and four rebounds.
Davis had 17 points in the first 30 minutes, and Cousins had 12 for New Orleans. The Pelicans shot 53.5 percent in the half (23 of 43) yet trailed by 14.
Indiana made 14 of 25 first-quarter shots (56 percent) and took a 37-34 lead, getting eight points and two assists from Oladipo. The Pelicans, who shot 57.1 percent in the first 12 minutes, got 14 points and five rebounds from Davis in the opening period.
NOTES: Indiana played without F Domantas Sabonis (right calf contusion) and G/F Glenn Robinson III (left high ankle sprain). ... New Orleans was without C Alexis Ajinca (right knee), C Omar Asik (illness), F Solomon Hill (left hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (right foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (left core muscle injury). ... New Orleans entered the game with C Demarcus Cousins ranked fifth in NBA scoring (28.6) and fourth in rebounding (13.6). F Anthony Davis was ranked sixth in scoring (27.4) and fifth in rebounding (12.7). ... Indiana has beaten the Pelicans in 12 of the 15 most recent meetings. ... Pelicans assistant coach Jamelle McMillan is the son of Pacers head coach Nate McMillan.