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Tyreke Evans leads Pelicans past Raptors, 95-93


Tyreke Evans scored on a driving layup with less than 2 seconds to go and the New Orleans Pelicans beat Toronto 95-93 on Sunday, their first victory in seven meetings with the Raptors.

Evans scored 26 points, and Alexis Ajinca had 22 to help the Pelicans win without injured starters Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday. Davis and Holiday sat out for the second straight game. Davis is sidelined by a sprained toe on his left foot, and Holiday has a sore right ankle.

Pelicans coach Monty Williams said Davis could return Monday night at New York against the Knicks, but said he won't rush the former first overall pick back into the lineup because of how hard Davis plays.

Eric Gordon added 14 points for New Orleans, and Omer Asik had 11.

DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 22 points, and Amir Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Raptors have lost seven of their last nine games.

Lou Williams added 17 points, Greivis Vasquez had 16 and Patrick Patterson 10 for Toronto.

New Orleans trailed 85-73 with 6:39 left, but a three-point play by Gordon and a pair of free throws by Ajinca capped a 9-0 run that brought the Pelicans to 87-85 with 3:13 remaining.

Patterson stopped the run with a pair of free throws, but Evans made a layup and Ajinca followed with a hook shot, tying it at 91 at 2:28. Asik's dunk on the next possession gave New Orleans the lead, but DeRozan followed with a tying jumper.

Gordon put the Pelicans back on top with a driving layup but DeRozan tied it again with a pair of free throws with 42 seconds left.

After Gordon missed a jumper and the rebound was knocked out of bounds, the referees reviewed the play to see who had touched it last before giving New Orleans the ball. Evans made the most of the possession, driving to his right before cutting in on the baseline to score the winning basket.

DeRozan got a final shot off for Toronto but his jumper went wide as the buzzer sounded.

Ajinca scored six points in the first as New Orleans led 21-14 after one. The Raptors connected on just five of 19 field goal attempts in the first, including one of eight from 3-point range. The 14 points were Toronto's fewest in any first quarter this season.


Pelicans: New Orleans had not won in Toronto since Dec. 14, 2008. ... Williams won for the second time in eight career meetings with the Raptors.

Raptors: Toronto, which lost to Atlanta on Friday night, suffered consecutive home losses for the first time since defeats to Phoenix and Oklahoma City last March 16 and 21. ... Ross has reached double digits in scoring just once in the past six games after doing so seven times in his previous eight games.


Pelicans: Visit New York on Monday night.

Raptors: Visit Milwaukee on Monday night.

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