The Pelicans' Anthony Davis once again proved why he is one of the top players in the NBA. Davis went off on Feb. 2 against the Atlanta Hawks with 29 points and 13 rebounds, to end the Hawks 19-game winning streak with a 115-100 victory.
Davis missed the New Orleans Pelicans’ previews game with a groin injury, and has now helped the team pull within one game behind the eighth place Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference. It’s the 11th straight game where Davis has scored at least 20 points, helping the Pelicans win six of their last seven games, including wins against contenders like the Mavericks and the Clippers.
"We just need to continue to do what we've been doing," Davis said. "The past couple games, we've been rebounding, defending, sharing the ball. We don't care who scores. That's what we have to do."
Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson and Tyreke Evans contributed in a big way for the Pelicans. Gordon scored 20 points, Anderson scored 15 and Evans had a double-double with 15 points and a season-high 12 assists.
Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 21 points and seven assists, while Paul Millsap scored 15 points, on 5-of-14 shooting. As a team, the Hawks were held to 44.9 percent shooting from the field and suffered their first loss since Dec. 26.
"We were a little off, but that happens in games. We were due for one, but (New Orleans) just played well," Teague said.
The Pelicans outplayed the Hawks Monday night, including more rebounds (52 to 32), assists (30-19) and blocks (10 to 3).
Both teams play at home on Feb. 4, as the Pelicans host Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Hawks try to start a new winning streak against the Washington Wizards.