New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Davis made his return to the Pelicans lineup a memorable one.
Davis, who missed the previous five games with a sprained shoulder, posted a massive line of 39 points 13 rebounds and eight blocks to lead New Orleans to an 88-85 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.
"I just couldn't wait to get on the floor. I was just out there having fun and it showed," Davis said.
Tyreke Evans added 21 points and nine assists and Alexis Ajinca, who benefited most from Davis' absence these last few weeks, posted a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double off the bench.
New Orleans, which is fighting for the eighth seed in the Western Conference, has won six of seven.
Andre Drummond stuffed the stat sheet as well for Detroit, finishing with 13 points, 18 rebounds and six blocks. Greg Monroe gave 13 points, 15 boards and five assists and Reggie Jackson had his first double-double since joining his new club, going for 14 with 11 helpers in the setback.
"Offensively right now, it's just a real struggle," Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said.
Jackson scored a pair of field goals late in regulation to cap a 10-2 burst and tie the score at 81 apiece with 1:24 to play. Davis restored New Orleans' lead with a jumper out of a timeout, then rebounded Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's miss at the other end.
Davis hit another jumper from the same spot with 17.9 seconds left to extend the lead to four. It was three in the closing seconds when Jackson's rainbow 3 was off the mark. Norris Cole secured the rebound, and the game, for New Orleans.
The Pistons led by as many as 12 points in the first quarter, but the Pelicans scored 15 straight to bridge the first and second to get back in the game.
It was 46-42 in favor of Detroit at halftime, and New Orleans led 65-63 after three.
The Pistons have dropped four straight games ... Detroit won the rebounding margin, 52-46 ... Both teams combined to shoot 4-for-26 from 3-point range, with each side connecting on two apiece.