The New Orleans Pelicans ended their five-game losing streak in a 114-112 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, Anthony Davis dropped a season-high 48 points in the win.
With four seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Dennis Smith Jr held the ball at the top of the key with his team trailing by two points. The second-year guard tried to make a move to the basket for a game-tying layup, but the defense played by Anthony Davis forced time to expire before Smith could get a shot in the final possession.
The New Orleans Pelicans (16-20) ended their five-game losing streak in a 114-112 victory over the Dallas Mavericks (16-18), Friday Night, in the Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans. As the Pelicans improved their home record to 12-5, Davis set a season-high with 48 points in the win.
The five-time all-star scored the game-winning basket on a go-ahead, fall-away jumper with 43.9 seconds left in the fourth. As Davis put on a scoring display in the Big Easy, he had some help from his supporting cast.
Anthony Davis went OFF tonight! 💪
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 29, 2018
Julius Randle continued his case for Most Improved Player of the Year against the Mavericks with another outstanding performance. Randle dropped 22 points on 9-for-19 shooting from the field, to go along with 12 rebounds, and two blocks. His work with Davis on the glass (17 boards) helped the Pelicans hold a 59-49 advantage over the Mavs in the rebounding department.
In 35 minutes of action, Jrue Holiday was huge for the Pelicans recording 18 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds in the win. Although Davis hit the game-winning basket, it was a defensive play from Holiday that sealed the deal for a win.
With 30 seconds left in the game, Holiday rejected a game-tying layup by Mavericks rookie sensation, Luka Doncic, who scored a career-high 34 points in the loss. Doncic hit 7 of 10 3-pointers, and Harrison Barnes had 21 points.
Following the win, the Pelicans will return home for a Southwest division showdown against the Houston Rockets (19-15), Saturday night, in the Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans. To stay up to date on all things Pelicans and more, be sure to subscribe to You Can Argue That Sports and receive notifications of new posts and podcasts by email.