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Anthony Davis’ late three and blocked shot sends Pelicans past Suns

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, kept a rebound away from Suns forward T.J. Warren in the first half.
Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, kept a rebound away from Suns forward T.J. Warren in the first half. The Associated Press

Anthony Davis capped a 32-point, 19-rebound performance with a tiebreaking three-pointer in the final minute, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Phoenix Suns 122-116 on Sunday night.

“We all knew it was going in,” teammate Ryan Anderson said. “It’s Anthony. He’s a clutch guy.”

Davis, whose rebound total set a season high, also blocked four shots and had two steals. His last block came with 22 seconds left, when he tapped Mirza Teletovic’s three-point attempt from the right corner offline. The ball fell to Pelicans guard Ish Smith, and New Orleans held on from there.

Anderson, who scored 30 in each of his previous two games, had 29 points for New Orleans. Eric Gordon added 20 points, while Smith had 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

“I feel like we’re all kind of getting in a rhythm, playing together and moving the ball,” Anderson said.

Eric Bledsoe scored 29 points for Phoenix, which lost despite hitting 17 three-pointers. Brandon Knight had 19 points, but missed 13 of 18 shots. Rookie Devin Booker was 5-for-8 from the field, including hitting his only three-point attempt, and finished with a career-high 15 points.

Knight, who had scored 30 or more in three of his previous five games, played with a sore ankle. He scored nine of his points from the free-throw line and also had seven assists.

Markief Morris scored 17 points and P.J. Tucker had 12 for the Suns, while Tyson Chandler grabbed 10 rebounds.

Davis came through in the clutch for New Orleans right after a questionable call angered him and Coach Alvin Gentry with 2:39 to go. Davis had soared for a rebound and fell coming down when he appeared to be grabbed on the arm by Tucker. But Davis was whistled for a loose-ball foul, leading him and his coach to protest while pointing to replays on the videoboard as the crowd booed the call.

Tucker’s resulting free throws cut New Orleans’ lead to 107-106, but Davis responded with a 20-foot jumper on the next possession.

In the final minute, Davis delivered a late-shot-clock three in a tie game. The Suns could not answer on their next possession, and Smith hit a pair of free throws to make it 114-109 with 30 seconds to go.

There were 14 lead changes and six ties in the game. The Pelicans, who led by as many as 11 in the first quarter, briefly fell behind by as many as four points when Bledsoe’s 3 capped a 13-1 run in the second quarter. Anderson’s free throws put the Pelicans back in front, 56-55, at halftime.

New Orleans worked its lead back up to 11 in the third quarter with a 15-2 run that included a pair of threes by Gordon. But the Suns once again rallied, tying the game at 92 when Bledsoe hit a three as he was fouled for a four-point play with 9:57 left.

TIP-INS

Suns: Morris was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter for arguing with an official who had called a moving pick against him. The resulting free throw gave New Orleans a 95-92 lead with 9:26 left. … Phoenix turned the ball over 15 times, leading to 25 Pelicans points. … The Suns were 29 of 33 from the foul line, with Bledsoe hitting 11 of 12. … Phoenix shot 47.2 percent from 3-point range (17 of 36), but only 38.9 percent (35 of 90) overall.

Pelicans: Jrue Holiday fouled out with 1:13 to go on a foul under the basket on Bledsoe, who hit both free throws to tie it at 109. Holiday and Gentry protested as replays appeared to show a clean block. … Smith hit the back of his head no the scorer’s table when he leapt, off-balance, to grab a loose ball and release it before he landed to avoid a back-court violation. The play resulted in one of Davis’ dunks. … The Pelicans were 33 of 40 on free throws. … Smith has made 18 of his last 19 free throws. … Gordon was 5 of 12 from 3-point range.

PELICANS 122, SUNS 116

Phoenix

MIN

FG-A

FT-A

OR-TR

A

F

Pt

Tucker

40:14

4-11

2-2

3-8

0

4

12

Morris

35:52

6-15

4-5

1-8

3

5

17

Chandler

16:01

0-2

1-2

3-10

0

4

1

Bledsoe

33:49

7-15

11-12

1-7

6

5

29

Knight

37:26

5-18

7-8

0-3

7

5

19

Teletovic

23:49

4-10

0-0

0-2

1

1

11

Booker

16:25

5-8

4-4

0-2

0

1

15

Warren

21:27

3-9

0-0

1-2

0

1

9

Leuer

7:20

1-1

0-0

2-4

0

1

3

Price

5:49

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Len

1:48

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Totals

240:00

35-90

29-33

11-46

17

29

116

Percentages: FG .389, FT .879. Three-Point Goals: 17-36, .472 (Bledsoe 4-8, Warren 3-4, Teletovic 3-7, Tucker 2-4, Knight 2-6, Booker 1-1, Leuer 1-1, Morris 1-4, Price 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 15 (25 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Chandler, Morris, Teletovic, Tucker). Turnovers: 15 (Bledsoe 5, Knight 4, Chandler 3, Leuer, Morris, Teletovic). Steals: 6 (Knight 2, Bledsoe, Booker, Morris, Tucker). Technical Fouls: Morris, 9:26 fourth.

New Orleans

MIN

FG-A

FT-A

OR-TR

A

F

Pt

Gee

38:15

3-6

2-2

1-7

5

3

8

Davis

39:03

11-22

9-11

6-19

1

4

32

Asik

14:41

0-0

2-2

0-4

0

0

2

Holiday

22:57

3-6

2-4

0-0

4

6

8

Gordon

39:15

6-16

3-4

0-4

4

2

20

Anderson

33:19

8-14

9-9

1-5

0

2

29

Smith

30:29

6-15

5-6

2-9

8

2

17

Douglas

5:16

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Cunningham

8:57

1-2

0-0

0-1

0

3

2

Babbitt

7:48

1-3

1-2

0-0

1

3

4

Totals

240:00

39-85

33-40

10-49

23

26

122

Percentages: FG .459, FT .825. Three-Point Goals: 11-30, .367 (Gordon 5-12, Anderson 4-7, Davis 1-2, Babbitt 1-3, Cunningham 0-1, Douglas 0-1, Gee 0-2, Smith 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 14 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Davis 4, Anderson, Smith). Turnovers: 14 (Davis 3, Gordon 3, Smith 2, Anderson, Asik, Cunningham, Douglas, Gee, Holiday). Steals: 11 (Gee 3, Smith 3, Davis 2, Gordon 2, Douglas).

Phoenix

21

34

30

31

116

New Orleans

27

29

36

30

122

Att.—16,680 (16,867). T—2:29.

Officials—Pat Fraher, Rodney Mott, Eli Roe.

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