TODAY’S – Davis and Pelicans outwit Bucks and Ersan in NBA thriller

Davis and Pelicans outwit Bucks and Ersan in NBA thrillerAnthony Davis scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Ersan Ilyasova missed an open three-pointer at the buzzer as hosts New Orleans Pelicans beat the Milwaukee Bucks 85-84 in the NBA on Tuesday night.The Pelicans (37-30) moved into a tie with Oklahoma City for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Quincy Pondexter added 18 points for New Orleans, while Turkish center mer AIIk had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Milwaukee was led by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Ilyasova with 15 points each.

Elsewhere, Alexey Shved scored 21 points and made the key defensive play in overtime as the last-place New York Knicks beat the defending champion San Antonio Spurs 104-100. Rookie Langston Galloway had a career-high 22 points for the Knicks, who held the Spurs to just one basket in overtime.

The Clippers and Rockets also kept pace in the competitive Western Conference with victories on Tuesday. Los Angeles withstood a late Charlotte rally to beat the Hornets 99-92.

JJ Redick scored 23 points and Chris Paul had 20 points and eight assists for the Clippers, who led 63-41 in the third quarter before Charlotte rallied within a point in the final period.In Houston, Donatas Motiejunas scored 23 points and the Rockets used a big run late in the fourth quarter to break open a close game and beat Orlando 107-94.

A driving layup by Victor Oladipo got the Magic within two points with about five minutes left before the Rockets used a 13-0 run to clinch the game. Harden, who is second in the NBA in scoring, went 4 for 14, but made eight free throws to finish with 17 points.

Detroitand#39s Reggie Jackson had 23 points and a career-high 20 assists as the Pistons ended a 10-game skid with a 105-95 comeback victory over the Grizzlies.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman