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Davis scores 43 as Pelicans beat Bucks

Mar 10, 2015 - 4:41 AM Milwaukee, WI ( - Anthony Davis matched a career-high with 43 points and also had 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks in the New Orleans Pelicans' 114-103 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.

Eric Gordon added 16 points for the Pelicans, who have won two in a row. Tyreke Evans contributed 13 points and six assists before leaving late in the third quarter with a left ankle injury.

Giannis Antetokounmpo ended with a career-best 29 points, three blocks and three steals for the Bucks, who have dropped seven of nine. Michael Carter- Williams tallied 25 points and seven assists.

"Anthony played great," Carter-Williams said. "He's an All-Star and he showed that tonight. The next time we play him we have to do a better job on him if we want to win."

Milwaukee took a 101-100 lead with 3:36 remaining on a jumper by Antetokounmpo. But Davis scored eight straight points as New Orleans closed the game on a 14-2 run.

"I just tried to come out aggressive and make everyone around me better. And when the opportunity was there to score, I just tried to," Davis said.

The Pelicans led 29-26 after the first quarter, which featured seven lead changes and three ties.

New Orleans then started the second on a 12-2 run to build a 13-point margin. But the Bucks scored the next nine points to keep it close.

The Pelicans outscored Milwaukee by a 31-24 margin in the second en route to a 60-50 halftime lead.

The Bucks responded with a strong third quarter, scoring 34 points, to get within 87-84.

Game Notes

New Orleans has won four straight against the Bucks ... Milwaukee's O.J. Mayo sat out for the sixth time in seven games with right hamstring soreness ... Khris Middleton had 17 points for the Bucks ... The Pelicans shot 58.7 percent from the field and went 9-of-15 from beyond the arc.