Davis has 41, Pelicans top Clippers 121-116 for 9th straight

Outside of Houston and Golden State, spots 3 through 10 in the West are only separated by 4.5 games so every win by the Pelicans is crucial. He has been on a tear lately that has him being mentioned in the MVP discussion as the Pelicans 10-game streak ties the longest in franchise history. Coming into Wednesday's contest, he was averaging 28.3 points and 11.2 rebounds this season.

NBA.com noted Davis left in the third quarter after landing on Kosta Koufos' foot while going for a rebound. Davis had 41 points as the Pelicans held off the Clippers 121-116. Of course, he'll need to get by the Clippers first.

Anthony Davis was named Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday, just days after he was named Western Conference Player of the Month for his performance in February. The Rockets' last loss came against the Pelicans, 115-113, on January 26 in New Orleans. The Clippers finally caught New Orleans at 104 on a basket by Sindarius Thornwell with 5:23 left. However, it was announced just before halftime ended that he was only suffering from a rib bruise and would be returning for the second half.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers offered his assessment of the outcome.

The Clippers almost pulled it off, erasing an 84-64 deficit in the third quarter and taking a 113-109 lead in the closing minutes of the fourth.

Getting hit in the ribs only took Anthony Davis off the court for a short time.

In the final analysis, the game wasn't lost in the final, frantic moments. When he does play, he's a player the Kings can count on for offense, but there is still a struggle to find a go-to player to break runs.

"It was a number of things tonight", Lou Williams said. "We are just lucky to have him on our team". "Everybody on the team is playing well".

Mirotic showed all his offensive weapons in leading the Pels with with 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds.

"We didn't play great from start to finish", said Williams, an 89-percent free-throw shooter who made only 7 of 13 against the Pelicans.

  • Rogelio Becker