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NEW ORLEANS- Anthony Davis had 38 points and 13 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a slow start to pull away from the Cleveland Cavaliers 140-124 on Wednesday night. Cleveland lost its 11th in a row.
Cleveland’s bench outscored the starters. Jordan Clarkson led the reserves with 21 points, Matthew Dellavedova had 17, Cameron Payne had 16 and Ante Zizic had 10 as the group totaled 75 points. Alec Burks led the starters with 17 points, and Collin Sexton added 13.
New Orleans rookie Frank Jackson had 19 points to set a season high for a second straight game off the bench.
Jrue Holiday added 18 points, and Julius Randle and Nikola Mirotic had 17 each.
The Pelicans trailed by 16 points during the first half but caught the Cavaliers early in the third period. They led 100-91 at the end of the quarter. Davis scored 18 points during the period.
Cleveland closed within three points early in the fourth before New Orleans went on a 23-9 run.
They led by 13 points after the first quarter and extended the margin to 16 midway through the second quarter.
Mirotic and Davis each made a 3-pointer as the Pelicans finished the second quarter on a 12-2 run that cut Cleveland’s lead to 63-59 at the half.