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Sunday
Apr262015

Pelicans to Offer Anthony Davis Max Contract

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Pelicans officials plan to be aggressive as possible in presenting Anthony Davis with a maximum five-year deal that could exceed $140 million, according to league sources.

The exact figures will depend on how much the NBA salary cap actually rises in 2016, but sources told ESPN.com that the Pelicans indeed intend to present Davis with the biggest offer they can once the window for negotiations opens July 1.

The Pelicans would then have until Oct. 31 to convince Davis to sign a five-year deal that makes him their designated player.

Davis just joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Bob McAdoo as the only players in league history ‎to average at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in their first four NBA playoff games.


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Sunday
Apr192015

Curry Scores 34 to Lead Warriors to Game 1 Victory

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Stephen Curry scored 34 to help the Golden State Warriors ground the New Orleans Pelicans 106-99, in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday.

The top seeded Warriors led by 25 late in the third quarter, but the Pelicans stormed back, cutting the deficit to four with nine seconds remaining before Golden State iced the game at the free throw line.

"It's good for us to have to deal with the feeling in the building (Oracle Arena), especially as a favorite, when a team starts to come back," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. "You have to feel that. That's all part of it."

Anthony Davis had 35 points, seven rebounds, and four blocks in what was the first playoff game of his career.

"I think the whole team was nervous," Davis said. "This is our first time as a unit in the playoffs, and our pace was good. We were moving fast, but our minds were moving fast as well."

Pelicans point guard Tyreke Evans left the game in the first half with a knee injury. Evans is set to have an MRI, and his status for the rest of the series is not known.

Klay Thompson scored 21 points and Draymond Green added 15 along with 12 boards, seven assists, three steals, and two blocks in the win.

The two teams will take to the court again Monday, in Oakland. Game 2 is set to tip-off at 10:30 p.m. ET.


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Thursday
Apr162015

Pelicans Top Spurs, Nab Final Playoff Spot in the West

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The New Orleans Pelicans downed the San Antonio Spurs 108-103 Wednesday night to clinch the eighth and final playoff seed in the NBA Western Conference.

Anthony Davis had 31 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks to lead New Orleans (45-37) to its first playoff appearance since 2011.

The Pelicans stepped on the gas right out of the gate. Tyreke Evans scored nine of his 19 points in the first quarter to give New Orleans a 15-point lead heading into the second quarter.

The Pelicans then led by double digits until the fourth quarter, when the Spurs (55-27) outscored New Orleans 32-26. San Antonio made their runs, but every time they got close, New Orleans would come up with a big basket.

The Pelicans' win eliminates the Oklahoma City Thunder from playoff contention.

The Thunder cruised by the Minnesota Timberwolves 138-113 and finished with the same record as the Pelicans, but New Orleans held the head-to-head tie-breaker.

Meanwhile, the Spurs, who had a chance to clinch the two-seed in the Western Conference with a win, fell to the six-seed with the loss.


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Sunday
Feb222015

Anthony Davis Exits Game Early in Pelicans' Win

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- New Orleans Pelicans all-star Anthony Davis left the game early Saturday night in his team's 105-91 win over the Miami Heat.  Davis reaggravated his right shoulder in the first quarter of the game, and did not return.

Davis left with 3:07 left in the quarter, after he attempted a shot and made contact with Miami's Hassan Whiteside.  Davis missed two games earlier this month, as well as the All-Star Game because of the same shoulder issue.

Davis is fourth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 24.3 points per game.


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Sunday
Feb152015

Aldridge Will Start in Place of Davis in Sunday's All-Star Game

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a surprise move, the head coach of the Western Conference All-Stars, Steve Kerr, named Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge a starter for Sunday's All-Star Game instead of the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant.

Kerr originally said Durant would start in place of the injured Anthony Davis but changed his mind on Saturday.

Durant wasn't going to play much anyways because of nagging injuries. The reigning MVP has missed 27 games this season due to injury. In the 26 games he has played, Durant is averaging 25.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and four assists per game.

Earlier this season, Aldridge tore a ligament in his thumb and was supposed to have surgery, but instead he missed only two games before deciding to put off the operation and play out the rest of the season.

Aldridge has played in 47 games this season, averaging 23.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.
 
The All-Star Game will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.


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Thursday
Feb122015

Anthony Davis to Skip All-Star Game

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(NEW YORK) -- New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis will be the latest player to drop out of the NBA All-Star game.

The former first overall pick announced Wednesday that he will skip this weekend’s event thanks to a right shoulder sprain. He's missed the last two games with the Pelicans as well.

In his third season, the 6'10" Davis is averaging 24.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.  

 For the NBA All-Star game, coach Steve Kerr will replace Davis with a three guard lineup. He has chosen Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson to start in Davis' place. James Harden and Steph Curry were already slated to start at both guard positions.


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Tuesday
Feb032015

Pelicans End Hawks' Winning Streak

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- For the first time in over a month, the Atlanta Hawks find themselves in the loss column as the New Orleans Pelicans topped the Hawks 115-100 to end Atlanta's 19-game winning streak.

"We've got a lot of season left," forward Paul Millsap said. "Nineteen games, that's good. We lost one -- 19-1 now. So it's just regrouping. ...We can't let one loss turn into two losses."

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was the difference in the game. He scored 29 points, pulled down 13 rebounds, and blocked two shots.

The Pelicans also had six players score in double-figures. Eric Gordon chipped in 20 points for the Pelicans while center Omer Asik pulled down 17 rebounds.

"They had us on our heels from the very beginning," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "They deserve a lot of credit for us not starting well."

Despite the loss, the Hawks still hold a seven-game lead over the Toronto Raptors for the top record in the Eastern Conference.


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Sunday
Nov232014

Anthony Davis Powers Pelicans Over Jazz, 106-94

iStock/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Pelicans forward Anthony Davis had a career-high 43 points and 14 rebounds as New Orleans (7-5) silenced the Utah Jazz (5-9), 106-94 on Saturday night.

Davis was 16 for 23 from the field and 11 for 12 from the free-throw line. Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday contributed 19 points and eight assists while forward Tyreke Evans had nine points and seven rebounds.

The Jazz entered the fourth quarter trailing by five points at 77-72. They would be unable to close the gap as the Pelicans went on 10-2 run to take an 87-74 lead with 9:28 remaining.

Guard Gordon Hayward led the way for the Jazz with 31 points and eight rebounds, while guard Trey Burke added 20 points and four assists.


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Sunday
Nov092014

Davis Leads Pelicans Over Spurs, 100-99

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) -- Pelicans forward Anthony Davis scored the game-winning layup with 6.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give New Orleans (3-2) a 100-99 win over the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs (2-3) on Saturday night.

Davis finished the game with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Small forward Tyreke Evans contributed 18 points and point guard Jrue Holiday had 15 points and 11 assists.

The Spurs took a 99-98 lead with 12 seconds remaining in the game after Danny Green converted on three free throws, capping off a 15-4 run. San Antonio had a chance to pull out the victory, but forward Kawhi Leonard’s nine-foot jumper at the buzzer rimmed out.

Spurs point guard Tony Parker scored a team-high 28 points.


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Sunday
Aug312014

USA Basketball Dominates in FIBA Opening Game

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(BILBAO, Spain) -- The United States began defense of their FIBA Basketball World Cup title with a 114-55 blowout over tournament newcomer Finland on Saturday. The US limited the Finns to just a pair of free throws in the second quarter, holding them to 0-for-17 from the floor.

"Our coaches were encouraging us to keep up that effort by telling us every timeout, every dead ball, they only had two points or whatever," guard Stephen Curry said. "That's just motivation to keep doing what we're doing."

The dominating effort continued into the third quarter as Finland ended up going 19 consecutive shots before one finally went in. by the time Tuukka Kotta's basket dropped with 8:48 to play in the third, the Americans had already built up a 62-20 lead.

Klay Thompson came off the bench to lead all players with 18 points while Anthony Davis poured in 17 as well. The 59 point margin of victory is just the second highest in USA Basketball history, sitting behind a 79 point win over South Korea in 1990. The Americans will next take on Turkey in group stage play, a rematch of the 2010 world basketball championship gold-medal game.


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