INDIANAPOLIS – The New Orleans Pelicans appeared to be in big trouble. Then Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins took over.
Davis had 37 points and 14 rebounds, Cousins added 32 points and 13 boards and the Pelicans rallied to beat the Indiana Pacers 117-112 on Tuesday night.
“I think our talent is different than a lot of bigs – there's so many ways we can dominate a game,” Cousins said. “And I think we're just scratching the surface right now. We can get so much better.”
Davis was 14 for 18 from the field in New Orleans' third straight win.
Indiana had six players score in double figures in its third straight loss. Myles Turner had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Victor Oladipo scored 15 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic and Lance Stephenson each had 14.
Indiana led 75-61 at halftime, but the Pelicans outscored the Pacers 35-19 in the third quarter. Indiana also blew a double-digit lead in a 108-101 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday.
“Same thing that happened the last two games,” Turner said. “We come out flat in the third quarter. They took advantage of it.”
RAPTORS 119, BULLS 114: In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Toronto registered its first three-game winning streak over Chicago since 2009.
Chicago's Bobby Portis had 21 points and 13 rebounds in his first game of the season. Portis returned to the lineup after being suspended for the first eight games of the season for punching teammate Nikola Mirotic during a preseason practice.
CAVALIERS 124, BUCKS 119: In Cleveland, Kevin Love scored a season-high 32 points, LeBron James added 30 and Cleveland withstood a 40-point performance by Giannis Antetokounmpo to beat Milwaukee.
Love, who was briefly hospitalized after scoring just four points in a surprising loss to Atlanta on Sunday, also had 16 rebounds.
Still a few weeks shy of his 23rd birthday, the multi-talented Antetokounmpo finished 16 of 21 from the floor.