Davis' return not enough as Pelicans routed by Jazz

  • Davis' return not enough as Pelicans routed by Jazz

Davis' return not enough as Pelicans routed by Jazz

Davis is enjoying an MVP-caliber season with averages of 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.5 steals.

Attacking the boards: Utah outrebounded New Orleans, 55-38.

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday had 18 points on 7-of-19 shooting and Ian Clark pitched in 14 points off the bench. He sat out Friday night against Washington, which handed the Pelicans their first loss in 11 games. He also recorded eight blocks three times in the past and seven blocks once.

The Pelicans started to build on its lead in the third quarter and went up by nine points midway through the period, but Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell caught fire to put his team up once again. His highlights during that surge included a stumbling reverse layup past Davis as he was fouled by Holiday, which he converted for a three-point play.

One of Mitchell's teammates finally scored when Jae Crowder made a 3-pointer and Gobert scored five points, as Utah increased its lead to 91-80.

Mitchell's debut against New Orleans was his national coming out party as he torched the Pelicans for 41 points in Utah's 114-108 win December 1, going six of 12 from 3-point range and 13 of 25 overall.

There's a fine line between a firm playoff berth and another lottery appearance, because only three games separate the No. 4 spot from the No. 9 spot here in the stretch run of a tight race for post-season berths.

Davis, New Orleans' superstar forward who turned 25 on Sunday, is expected to return from a one-game absence after spraining his left ankle Wednesday in Sacramento, coach Alvin Gentry said hours before tipoff.