CLEVELAND (AP) -- Anthony Davis isn't worried about making the All-Star team. He may have nothing to fear.
Davis padded his resume by scoring 30 points with eight blocks and
seven rebounds and Eric Gordon scored 20, leading the New Orleans
Pelicans to a 100-89 win over the puzzling Cleveland Cavaliers on
Davis, one of three No. 1 overall picks on the floor, was dominant
from baseline to baseline as the Pelicans won their third straight.
With New Orleans hosting next month's All-Star weekend, the Pelicans
are hoping their second-year star will be added to the Western
Conference's squad when reserves are named Thursday night.
"Everybody keeps talking about All-Star, and should he be an
All-Star," New Orleans coach Monty Williams said. "All you have to do is
look at tonight. Show me other bigs who are doing it on both ends like
he does every single night."
Davis dislocated his left index finger in the final minutes, but got taped up during a timeout and stayed in.
New Orleans scored 16 straight points to close the first half and
opened a 22-point lead in the third, causing some fans to boo the
listless Cavaliers, who followed a 3-2 trip out West by going 1-4 on
their homestand. Cleveland's lone win was against Milwaukee, which has
the NBA's worst record.
"Our competitive spirit is non-existent," said Cavs coach Mike Brown. "Maybe I need to shake some things up."
Kyrie Irving scored 23 and Dion Waiters 21 for Cleveland. Rookie
Anthony Bennett, the first pick in last year's draft, scored a
season-high 15 and was the lone bright spot for the Cavs. A major
disappointment so far, the 6-foot-8 Canadian added eight rebounds and
played 31 minutes -- his most action this season.
Davis scored 11 points in the third quarter, when he showed off his
well-rounded game. He swished a long jumper, dropped a runner, nailed a
bank shot and, of course, dunked.
Missing Anderson Varejao, who was out with a hyperextended and
bruised left knee, the Cavs had no defensive answer for Davis, who was
coming off a 22-point, 19-rebound, seven-block performance in a win over
As the Pelicans were putting the finishing touches on the win, Davis
injured his finger and came to the bench in obvious pain. He bent over
as a trainer worked on his fingers and several of Davis' teammates
patted him on the back as he was treated.
"He said, 'tape it up. I'm going right back,'" Williams said. "That
to me says more about him than any number or stat that he can put up.
His heart and his willingness to do whatever it takes for his team is
why he's an All-Star in my opinion."
Davis returned to the floor, but didn't have to do much in the final
three minutes as the Pelicans had already wrapped up their 10th road
Davis said the All-Star talk is not distracting.
"It's cool," Davis said. "I hear it, but I'm trying to win games. I'm
trying to get better each and every day. If it happens, I'll be more
than grateful and more than excited to be able to play."
The Pelicans outscored the Cavs 16-0 over the final 5:25 of the second quarter to open a 56-44 halftime lead.
Gordon had six points during the spurt, which included a possession
where all five New Orleans touched the ball before Davis dunked.
Cleveland, which scored just six points in the third quarter of a
loss to Phoenix on Sunday, missed its last nine shots of the period. The
Cavs committed three turnovers in the last four minutes and shot only 5
of 20 from the field.
Irving said the Cavs have not tuned out Brown, whose second second stint with Cleveland has not gone well to this point.
"As a team, we go through stretches where it's ups and downs, that's
just part of the game," Irving said. "I leave my trust with coach Brown,
I'm riding with him. Whatever he says and whatever he needs me to do,
I'm going to go out there and do. I'm pretty sure all of my teammates
feel the same way and that's where that rests. Anything he needs us to
do, I'm willing to do and I know my teammates do as well."
Notes: Cleveland's Luol Deng scored just six points. He's been slowed
by a sore Achilles. ... The No. 34 banner representing former Cavs
guard Austin Carr's retired number was mysteriously missing from its
usual place hanging from the arena's rafters. The Cavs are investigating
the disappearance. Carr, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1970 draft who
played nine seasons for Cleveland, joked, "Maybe I'm coming out of
retirement." ... New Orleans has won six of seven vs. Cleveland.