LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 27 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 20 and the New Orleans Pelicans withstood a furious rally to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-112 on Sunday night for their first victory of the season.
The Pelicans led by 22 points in the second quarter and were still up by double figures heading into the final period, but the Lakers made a charge despite a poor shooting night from rookie Lonzo Ball.
Reserve Jordan Clarkson had 24 points for the Lakers, but Ball shot just 3 for 13 for eight points. He did have 13 assists and eight rebounds.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope started and scored 20 points in his first appearance for the Lakers. Rookie Kyle Kuzma also had 20.
E’Twaun Moore, who went 0 for 5 in his last game, added 19 points for the Pelicans (1-2), while Jrue Holiday and Ian Clark each had 14.
The Lakers got off to a horrid start, missing their first eight shots, and were fortunate to only trail 34-22 at the end of the first quarter.
The Pelicans expanded their lead late in the second period before Caldwell-Pope scored seven unanswered points and the Pelicans settled for a 68-55 advantage at the half.
TIMBERWOLVES 115, THUNDER 113: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Andrew Wiggins banked in a 3-pointer from a few steps inside halfcourt as time expired to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-113 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.
Oklahoma City’s Carmelo Anthony hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left to give the Thunder the lead before the Timberwolves inbounded to Wiggins, who rushed up the court and got free with help from a crushing pick by Karl-Anthony Towns before pulling up for the winner.
Wiggins scored 27 points and Towns had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota.
Russell Westbrook scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter for the Thunder, who were coming off a loss at Utah on Saturday night. Anthony scored 23 points, and Paul George had 14 points on 6-for-20 shooting. Steven Adams had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder.
NETS 116, HAWKS 104: NEW YORK (AP) — Allen Crabbe scored 20 points to help Brooklyn beat Atlanta.
DeMarre Carroll added 17 points and Caris LeVert and D’Angelo Russell each had 16 points. The Nets improved to 2-1 with their second straight victory.
Marco Belinelli had 19 points for Atlanta. The Hawks have lost two in a row to drop to 1-2.
Atlanta point guard Dennis Schroeder went down with an apparent ankle injury with 3:37 left and had to be helped off the court.