Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/22

Game 1: Friday, November 22nd
Game 2: Tuesday, January 28th

Pelicans 100

(19-25, 9-14 away)

Cavaliers 89

(16-29, 11-12 home)

    Coverage: FSOH

    7:00 PM ET, January 28, 2014

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 26 30 27 17100
    CLE 29 15 21 2489

    Top Performers

    NO: A. Davis 30 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 8 Blk

    Cle: K. Irving 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Pelicans-Cavaliers Preview


    Though Anthony Davis wasn't named an All-Star starter, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams believes he's more than deserving of a spot on the team.

    It's hard to make a case against him.

    Davis tries to lead the visiting Pelicans to a season high-tying third straight win and their sixth in seven tries against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

    Davis is averaging team highs of 20.1 points and 10.5 rebounds along with an NBA-best 3.1 blocks. The 20-year-old delivered one of his best all-around efforts of the season Sunday, finishing with 22 points, a career-high 19 boards and seven blocks in a 100-92 win over Orlando.

    "If he hasn't done enough, I don't know what else you can do," Williams said of Davis' chances of making the Western Conference All-Star team. "Every night he carries our team. Even when he doesn't have a great offensive night, he's there on defense, he's rebounding, blocking shots. When the moment was there tonight, he took over and that's what All-Stars do. I don't know what else he can do."

    Not voted in by the fans as a starter, Davis could be selected by the coaches as a reserve.

    "I'm not really worried about that. I'm worried about winning," said Davis, whose team hasn't won three straight since Nov. 29-Dec. 2. "We know we're not where we want to be record-wise. That's what we've got to focus on, what I've got to focus on. ... If it happens, it happens, but I'm trying to get more wins for the team."

    The Pelicans franchise continued its recent domination of the Cavaliers in the latest meeting, winning 104-100 on Nov. 22.

    Reserve guard Tyreke Evans scored a team high-tying 19 points to lead six Pelicans in double figures, while adding 10 rebounds. Evans scored 23 points Sunday and has averaged 17.3 over his last four games.

    New Orleans (18-25) is 15-7 when Evans, averaging 13.1 points on the season, scores at least 13. It's 1-5 when he doesn't play.

    Cleveland (16-28) dropped to 1/3 on its five-game homestand with a disheartening 99-90 loss to Phoenix on Sunday. The Cavaliers led by 20 just before halftime but were outscored 56-29 over the final two quarters, including 25-6 in the third.

    "I wish I knew the reason, but we have to figure this out and we have to figure it out quick because we can't have games like this, especially at home," forward Tristan Thompson said. "It's embarrassing for us, to the fans, to the organization to come out like that. We have to take that personally. If we don't, we'll have more situations like this."

    All-Star game starter Kyrie Irving had 24 points and nine assists, and Thompson added 17 points and 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double in seven games.

    Anderson Varejao is questionable after hyperextending and bruising his left knee against the Suns. The Cavaliers say Varejao, who ranks among the NBA leaders with 13.1 boards per contest since rejoining the starting lineup Dec. 28, will be fitted with a brace.


    Research Notes

    From Elias: Anthony Bennett, the 1st overall pick in the NBA Draft, scored a career-high 15 points for the Cavs tonight, his 1st career double-digit scoring game. He went his first 32 career games without hitting double digits, easily the longest streak for a No. 1 pick in the common draft era (since 1966).

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