Pelicans outlast reeling Knicks, 104-93

Pelicans outlast reeling Knicks, 104-93

By BRETT MARTEL

AP Sports Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tyreke Evans scored 27 points, Anthony Davis added 18, and the New Orleans Pelicans dropped the reeling New York Knicks to their ninth straight loss, 104-93 on Tuesday night.

Omer Asik had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 13 points for New Orleans, which won its second straight to pull back to .500 at 10-10.

Amare Stoudemire scored a season-high 26 points and Carmelo Anthony had 17 for New York, which kept the game close into the fourth quarter before fading down the stretch, as the Knicks have done often this season.

Pablo Prigioni scored 17 for the Knicks, who fell to 4-19 with what was also their 10th straight road loss.

Evans scored eight points in the last 3:05 to keep the Knicks at bay. He began his decisive surge with a layup to finish off a fast break that began when Davis swatted away J.R. Smith's driving shot in the paint.

That was the last of three crowd-pleasing blocks for Davis, who also cleanly disrupted Samuel Dalembert's dunk attempt from behind the Knicks reserve center.

New York was as close as 77-73 after Smith's 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter. Then New Orleans scored the first six points of the fourth quarter on Holiday's three-point play on a drive as he was fouled by Stoudemire, and Austin Rivers' 3-pointer.

Rivers later added a driving floater and then assisted on Asik's layup as New Orleans' lead grew to 91-78 with 5:55 left.

The Pelicans shot 50 percent (40 of 80) and dominated the interior, handily outrebounding New York, 43-30, and outscoring the Knicks 54-40 in the paint. New York also struggled to get to the foul line, attempting only 13 free throws and making 10, while the Pelicans were 20 of 26 on free throws.

Both teams shot better than 47 percent in the first half, during which neither club led by more than five points. Evans had 15 points in the first half, capped by his driving layup which tied it at 50 with 2:34 left in the second quarter. On New York's next possession, Stoudemire scored his 16th point on a 15-foot jumper.

Holiday's 17-foot jumper and Asik's dunk to close the quarter gave New Orleans a 54-52 halftime lead.

TIP-INS

Knicks: New York had won its previous five games in New Orleans. ... The Knicks, who play Wednesday night in San Antonio, are 0-6 on the front end of back-to-back games.

Pelicans: Davis was assessed a flagrant foul in the first half for elbowing Smith near his throat in the second quarter. Smith made one of the two free throws to give New York a 43-42 lead. ... New Orleans hadn't won consecutive games since beating the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 12 and Minnesota on Nov. 14. ... The Pelicans are 6-2 at home.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Visit San Antonio on Wednesday.

Pelicans: Visit Dallas on Wednesday.

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