Josh Richardson scored 16, and Hassan Whiteside added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who trailed 43-41 at the half but took control with a 41-21 run in the first 16 minutes of the second half.
"I just kind of felt like tonight was definitely my night", Davis said. But the Pelicans turned the offensive faucet all the way on, too.
Only this time, the New Orleans tandem of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins got the best of the Celtics down the stretch, as the dynamic duo executed on both ends of the floor in a 116-113 overtime thriller over the Celtics at TD Garden. They were down 16 after one, even further back late in the third and still down nine with 4 1/2 minutes left in regulation.
Luckily he was subbed out in time for the Pelicans to make a late comeback. The Celtics can feel good about any other matchup and should get a boost from their depth, meaning it should really come down to how much of this game the two of them are able to destroy. Dennis Schroder is averaging 20.3 points and 6.6 assists while Taurean Prince is averaging 12.6 points and 5.5 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans have won five of their last seven road games. I'm not dumb enough to think any defender or any defense can lock up Irving consistently. "We haven't been doing that these last couple of games".
Davis had provided the inspiration for New Orleans, producing two clutch free-throws to put them 104-102 ahead as the buzzer ticked closer. But [the Pelicans] aren't trading Anthony Davis. New Orleans then almost won it, as E'Twaun Moore stole an inbounds pass and launched a 3-pointer that rimmed out at the buzzer. "I have to have the discipline to not put him out there more".
The Knicks, playing the first of back-to-back afternoon starts, jumped to a 29-13 lead after one quarter. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 22 points for Milwaukee, which shot 32 percent, the lowest by a Bucks team in a regular-season game since March 22, 2013. PG Jameer Nelson missed the game for personal reasons.
The Hawks, short-handed inside most of the season, will at least have a full quota of frontcourt players to combat Davis and Cousins.
Knicks: The Knicks signed former lottery pick Trey Burke, who had been playing for their G League affiliate and was second in the league with 26.6 points per game.
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said during the summer Burke told the Knicks he was interested in playing for their G League team and learning their system, rather than signing a deal with another National Basketball Association team.