The New Orleans Pelicans entered this season tabbed by many to jump up the West standings, but early injuries, two games against the Golden State Warriors, and just plain-old bad performances helped them to a disappointing 0-4 start. Friday's home game against the Atlanta Hawks at the Smoothie King Center offered another chance at a solid win, if not a likely one.
No matter the result, the Pelicans saw one positive development on Friday with a return to elite form for Anthony Davis. The All-NBA First Team selection bounced back from a relatively disappointing start — averages of 20.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game — to explode for 43 points (14-of-23 FG, 14-of-16 FT), 10 rebounds, four steals, and three blocks on a night that should get his "future best player in the league" campaign back on track.
Unfortunately for New Orleans, it wasn't enough for their first win of the season. TheRead More »from Anthony Davis ties career-high 43 points, but Hawks' balance wins out