Davis powers Pelicans to victory over Knicks

NEW YORK: Anthony Davis poured in 40 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked three shots to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 110-96 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday. It was the fifth time this season Davis scored at least 40 points, second most to Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, and his 25th double-double. Davis was forced to leave the game late in the third quarter with a hip injury he sustained after a hard foul from Kyle O’Quinn.

The Knicks, losers of eight of their last nine games, were without guard Derrick Rose, whom team officials would only say was “not with the team.” Rose was listed in the starting lineup, but was not in the locker room before the game. He was replaced by Brandon Jennings, who scored a team-high 20 points. Davis scored 18 points in the third and hauled in eight rebounds before being forced to leave with 1:16 left in the quarter. Davis went crashing into the first row of the baseline stands after he was contacted from behind by O’Quinn, who was assessed a flagrant-2 foul and ejected.

Thunder 109, Bulls 94

Russell Westbrook amassed 21 points, nine rebounds and 14 assists, and Oklahoma City cruised to the victory. Steven Adams scored 22 points, and Enes Kanter had 20 points for the Thunder. Dwyane Wade had 22 points, and Michael Carter-Williams added 15 for the Bulls. Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, who was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week earlier on Monday, played just 28:48 and finished with one point. He went 0-of-6 from the field, 0-of-2 from three-point range and was removed in the second half because of an illness.

Timberwolves 101, Mavericks 92

Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 11 rebounds, and Minnesota held on to top Dallas. Andrew Wiggins scored 13 points and Ricky Rubio added 13 points and a season-high 15 assists for Minnesota, which snapped a four-game losing streak in a battle of teams at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. — Reuters