The New Orleans Pelicans lost more than a game Saturday night. They also lost All-Star forward Anthony Davis, who hurt his right shoulder on a hard, awkward fall after an alley-oop dunk in the second quarter of the team’s 107-72 loss to the Chicago Bulls in New Orleans.
Pau Gasol had 20 points and 15 rebounds for Chicago, which snapped a three-game skid. Derrick Rose also scored 20 points for the Bulls, who went on a 40-11 run after Davis went out.
The dunk that drove Davis from the game was a two-handed jam of Tyreke Evans’ lob. Davis’ body swung like a pendulum as he held the rim, then the 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward fell horizontally as he lost his grip. Davis stayed in briefly before taking himself out with 4:16 left in the first half and the game tied at 35. He did not return.
X-rays were negative, but the severity of Davis’ injury was undetermined.
at Dallas 111, Portland 101 (OT): Dirk Nowitzki capped a late rally with a three-pointer that forced overtime, and Chandler Parsons scored 10 of his 20 in the extra period for the Mavericks, who handed the Trail Blazers their seventh straight road defeat. Portland blew an 11-point lead in the last two minutes of regulation, with Nowitzki’s high-arching swish from the top of the key with 20 seconds left capping a 7-0 Dallas run for a 96-96 tie. Nowitzki finished with 25 points.
Golden State 106, at New York 92: Draymond Green had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and the Warriors gave Steve Kerr a win in his first game coaching in Madison Square Garden, the arena he nearly called home. Kerr picked the Warriors over the Knicks during the off-season, and the difference is 30 victories as the teams near the All-Star break. Golden State is 40-9, best in the Western Conference; New York is 10-41, worst in the East.
at Washington 114, Brooklyn 77: John Wall scored 17 points, Rasual Butler had 15 and the Wizards won easily without injured guard Bradley Beal to break a five-game skid.
at Philadelphia 89, Charlotte 81: Robert Covington scored 11 of his 22 points in a pivotal third quarter, and the 76ers notched their fourth straight home victory after opening the season 3-18 on their floor.
at Utah 102, Sacramento 90: Gordon Hayward scored 30 points and Derrick Favors had 20 for the Jazz, which had lost five of six.
at Milwaukee 96, Boston 93: Brandon Knight scored 26 points to help the Bucks win for the sixth time in seven games.