Anthony Davis is really good.
In a critical game with playoff implications, the Los Angeles Clippers were not able to pull out a win against the New Orleans Pelicans as it lost, 121-116, thanks to 41 points and 13 rebounds from Davis.
Tobias Harris and Lou Williams led the Clippers in scoring with 27 points each. Harris added 11 rebounds and Williams had 11 assists off the bench. Montrezl Harrell also had a great game off the bench, scoring 26 points.
“We didn’t play well great, that’s it,” Williams said on the game.
After the Clippers overcame a 20-point deficit, they went up four with just over two minutes left in the game. Davis answered with six consecutive points. The Pelicans went on a 12-3 run to close the game out to seal their ninth straight win. That is now one game short of the franchise record.
The Clippers failed to take advantage after Davis left the game in the first half with a rib contusion. Jrue Holiday and Nikola Mirotic combined to outscore the Clippers 13-1 over the final three minutes of the first half to give the Pelicans a 67-52 lead.
Holiday finished the game with 19 points and a career-high 17 assists. Mirotic added 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Davis returned in the second half and drained a career-high four 3-pointers in the third quarter. He scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds to give the Pelicans a 97-82 lead going into the final period. The Clippers tried to fight back, but too much Davis was the reason they lost.
“No one came up big for us down the stretch and that’s why we lost,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.
Importance of this match-up
During the Pelicans nine-game winning streak, Davis has averaged 37.7 points, 14.6 rebounds and has thrown his name into the MVP conversation.
The Clippers and Pelicans is a potential playoff match-up. The Pelicans are currently fourth in the Western Conference and are only one game back from the three seed. For the Clippers, they are a half game from the eighth seed and only two and a half games from being fifth.
In their next game, the Pelicans will face the Sacramento Kings for the second game of a back-to-back.
“March is a monster for us,” Rivers said.