NEW ORLEANS – Anthony Davis scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to an 88-79 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.
Tyreke Evans added 11 points for the Pelicans, who have won four of their past five games.
D.J. Augustin scored 23 points in his return to his hometown, Taj Gibson added 17 and Joakim Noah had 14 for Chicago.
Davis also blocked six shots. In the past three games, Davis has scored at least 22 points and blocked six shots. He is the first player to do that since Patrick Ewing in November 1990, when he did it in four consecutive games.
The Pelicans dominated in the paint, outscoring the Bulls 50-34. Chicago shot 38.6 percent from the field, going 3 for 16 from 3-point range.
New Orleans led 50-39 at the half and 71-57 after three quarters. The Pelicans led by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter and maintained a double-digit lead until the final minute.
With Davis controlling the middle, the Pelicans raced to a 50-39 halftime lead. Davis scored nine points, grabbed three rebounds and blocked two shots, effectively closing the lane and forcing the Bulls to rely on their outside shooting and setting up the Pelicans’ running game.
Augustin scored 17 points in the half on 5-of-8 shooting, but Chicago was 12 of 31 as a team, including 2 of 7 on 3-pointers.
The Pelicans outscored Chicago 10-2 on fast-break points and 26-12 in the paint.
New Orleans shot 52 percent in the half and was 4 of 6 from beyond the arc.
The Pelicans took control in the opening minutes of the second quarter, going on a 12-2 run to take a 35-23 lead with 7:20 remaining. At one point Chicago committed three of its seven first-half turnovers on consecutive possessions, which New Orleans turned into seven unanswered points. The Pelicans led by 13 on three occasions.
WIZARDS 96, THUNDER 81: In Washington, John Wall scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and Washington took advantage of a rare off-game from hometown star Kevin Durant and stopped Oklahoma City’s 10-game winning streak.
ROCKETS 106, CAVALIERS 92: In Houston, James Harden returned from an injury to score 28 points and Jeremy Lin had his first career triple-double to lead Houston to its third straight win.
Dwight Howard added 26 points, and Lin came off the bench to tally 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
PISTONS 113, 76ERS 96: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Andre Drummond had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Detroit’s talented frontcourt overwhelmed short-handed Philadelphia.
HAWKS 120, TIMBERWOLVES 113: In Atlanta, Kyle Korver scored 24 points, including three 3-pointers in a third-quarter stretch that gave the lead to Atlanta, which overcame Kevin Love’s 43 points.
GRIZZLIES 99, BUCKS 90: In Memphis, Tenn., Nick Calathes, subbing for an injured Mike Conley, scored a career-high 22 points for surging Memphis, which won its season-best sixth straight.
SPURS 95, KINGS 93: In San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 23 points and 17 rebounds, Tony Parker added 18 points and 10 assists, and San Antonio snapped a three-game slide.
HEAT 106, KNICKS 91: In New York, LeBron James had 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Miami avoided a winless season in the Big Apple and snapped New York’s four-game winning streak.
SUNS 105, BOBCATS 95: In Phoenix, Goran Dragic scored 25 points and Phoenix made almost 57 percent of its shots through three quarters and won for the fifth straight game.