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12/01/2013 11:42 PM EST
Davis hurt, Anderson leads Pelicans over Knicks
NEW ORLEANS 103, NEW YORK 99

By JEFF BERNSTEIN
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Once Anthony Davis went down, Ryan Anderson
stepped up to keep the New York Knicks on their losing ways.

Anderson made seven 3-pointers and scored 31 points, and the New
Orleans Pelicans overcame Davis' loss to a broken left hand to
hand the Knicks their ninth straight loss, 103-99 on Sunday
night.

"When Ryan comes into the game, he doesn't think like a bench
guy," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "He thinks like `I'm
playing 35 minutes and I've got to do my job'. Obviously we
don't expect him to score 31 points, but I will take it."

Tyreke Evans added 24 points, including 10 in the fourth
quarter, as the Pelicans sent the Knicks to their seventh
straight home loss.

"Obviously we played against a desperate team tonight," Williams
said. "But, we're desperate, too. Any time you can win on the
road, winning eight games period, is special in the NBA."

The Pelicans, now 8-8, are last in the NBA's Southwest Division
but would be in first place in the Atlantic. Toronto currently
is atop the standings at 6-10 - and the last-place Knicks (3-13)
are only three games back.

Davis had seven points and four rebounds in the first quarter
before leaving with what the Pelicans said was a non-displaced
fracture in his left hand. The team said a timetable for his
return has not been determined.

"I was going up for a lob, got fouled and then hit my hand on
the rim," Davis said. "I haven't found anything out yet. Most
definitely I hope it's a short-term thing. I didn't think it
would keep me out, but it did."

Carmelo Anthony finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while
rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. had a career-high 21 points for the
Knicks, who haven't won at home since beating Milwaukee on Oct.
30 in their season opener.

"Nine straight, eight straight, whatever we lost, we just can't
seem to get it together," Anthony said. "Can't seem to figure it
out, but we have to. We don't have no choice but to figure this
out."

In a game that featured 12 ties and 17 lead changes, the
Pelicans trailed 93-88 after Hardaway's 3-pointer with 6:42
remaining. However, New Orleans then scored the next 10 points,
as Evans started the streak with a three-point play and ended it
with two free throws with 2:46 left.

The Knicks pulled within three on Anthony's 3-pointer with 54
seconds left. But, after a Pelicans turnover, Hardaway and
Anthony missed potential game-tying 3s and Evans hit a free
throw with 15 seconds remaining to secure the win.

"I thought down the stretch we played on our heels," Knicks
coach Mike Woodson said. "We had so many breakdowns again on the
ball defense. We are not taking pride in guarding. I've got to
find some identity with this team. Somehow we have to get this
monkey off our back."

Neither team led by more than seven points in the game.

A 19-8 run by the Knicks gave them their biggest lead of the
game, 49-42, on Hardaway's 3-pointer with 19 seconds left in the
second quarter. Anderson scored inside with a second left before
halftime to make it a five-point game.

"We knew we had to step up defensively and eliminate easy shots
and we did that in the second half," said Anderson, who also
made seven 3-pointers in a game at Madison Square Garden while
playing for Orlando during the 2011-12 season. "We outplayed
them and imposed our will."

New Orleans had an 8-0 run in the third to open its biggest lead
at 76-69 on Evans' layup with 52 seconds left.

Jrue Holiday finished with 11 points and nine rebounds for the
Pelicans. Andrea Bargnani had 17 points for the Knicks. J.R.
Smith and Raymond Felton each had 12.

"We lost and it's killing me right now," Felton said. "We need
to find a way to end this losing streak. I don't care how ugly
it is."

The win for the Pelicans was just their second in the last 10
meetings between the teams.

NOTES: The last time the Knicks lost nine in a row was March
19-April 4, 2006, under Larry Brown. The Knicks also lost 10 in
a row that season from Jan. 28-Feb. 13. The Knicks haven't won
since a 95-91 victory at Atlanta on Nov. 13.

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