Davis drops 43, but Hawks keep Pelicans winless with 6th straight win

NEW ORLEANS -- Kyle Korver scored 22 points, hitting all eight of his shots, including four from 3-point range, and the Atlanta Hawks won their sixth straight, 121-115 over the winless New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.

Anthony Davis tied a career high with 43 points to go with 10 rebounds and four steals, but injury-decimated New Orleans dropped to 0-5 under new coach Alvin Gentry.

Paul Millsap also scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Atlanta (6-1), which had six players score in double figures, shot 53.2 percent and led by double digits for much of the game. The Hawks fended off a furious comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, when New Orleans briefly tied it twice inside the final 5 minutes.

Jeff Teague scored 19 points, Dennis Schroder 15, Al Horford 14 and Kent Bazemore 10 for the Hawks.

Eric Gordon scored 22 and Ish Smith had a career-high 11 assists for New Orleans.

Luke Babbitt had 13 points for the Pelicans, but missed five of the six 3s he attempted. New Orleans went 10 of 30 from 3-point range as a team, while the Hawks were 9 of 21.

Atlanta led by 12 after Justin Holiday's alley-oop dunk with 7:45 left. But New Orleans, desperate for its first victory, responded with a 16-4 run during which Davis scored 10, including a 3 from the left wing. Ryan Anderson capped the run with a put-back dunk that rattled the backboard as the riled-up crowd seemed to shake the arena.

But Atlanta responded with an 11-4 spurt that included a clutch 3 by Korver to break a 108-all tie, followed by Teague's end-to-end layup. The Pelicans couldn't recover after that.

New Orleans had a solid start in its third home game this season and led 30-26 lead early in the second quarter. But Atlanta, now 4-0 on the road, responded with a 17-4 run that began with Horford's dunk and included five points by Korver, including his first 3. Holiday capped the spurt with a layup on a back-door cut that gave the Hawks a 43-34 lead.

The Hawks led by as many as 13 in the second quarter and took a 58-47 lead into halftime after Horford's 19-foot jumper with 1 second on the clock.


Hawks: With his second assist of the night, Teague moved ahead of Cliff Hagen for eighth on Atlanta's all-time list. Teague finished with seven assists, giving him 2,243. ... Atlanta trailed 28-26 after the first quarter, marking the first time in their six-game winning streak that they trailed at that point.

Pelicans: The Pelicans were without C Omer Asik (right calf strain), G Norris Cole (left ankle sprain), G Tyreke Evans (right knee), C Kendrick Perkins (right pectoral) and F Quincy Pondexter (left knee). ... With two centers unable to suit up, Davis started the game at center, with Dante Cunningham and Babbitt at forward.


Hawks: Host Washington on Saturday night.

Pelicans: Visit Dallas on Saturday night.