Davis dynamite as Pelicans beat the Heat


NEW ORLEANS: Anthony Davis, the 2012 top NBA Draft pick and Olympic gold medalist, scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to lead the New Orleans Pelicans over Miami 105-95.

Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James had 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Heat, but the two-time reigning NBA champions fell to 6-7 in March.

Tyreke Evans added 16 points and eight assists for the Pelicans and Al-Farouq Aminu scored 12 for New Orleans, which improved to 29-40, last in the Southwest division.

Mario Chalmers scored 19 points and added seven assists for the Heat, who fell to 47-21, second in the Eastern Conference, three games behind Indiana.

James hit a jumper at the buzzer to cut the Pelicans’ half-time edge to 45-43 and the heat were within 76-72 entering the fourth quarter.

A 12-2 New Orleans run early in the final period gave the hosts a 92-78 lead, and Miami never got nearer than eight points the rest of the way.

In Chicago, The Philadelphia 76ers established the second-longest losing streak in NBA history, losing 91-81 at Chicago to drop their 24th game in a row.

Joakim Noah scored 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds to spark the Bulls, who also had 17 points from Jimmy Butler and 16 each from Taj Gibson and D.J. Augustin.



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