NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and 15 rebounds and Anthony Davis added 25 points and 10 rebounds to help the Pelicans beat the Clippers 111-103 on Saturday night.
Jrue Holiday had eight assists for New Orleans, half of the total assists generated by the entire Clippers team. The Pelicans also overcame 23 turnovers. Cousins lost the ball eight times — two on offensive fouls — and Holiday had seven turnovers.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 27 points, but they came on 9 of 27 shooting. DeAndre Jordan had 12 and 14 rebounds.
The game would likely have been a blowout were it not for the Pelicans' turnovers, which kept the Clippers within striking distance until the final minutes.
Cousins and Davis were too much for the Clippers, particularly an artful fadeaway jumper by Cousins from 15 feet with eight minutes left that put the Pelicans up by 10. Almost two minutes later, Cousins ripped down a rebound and launched a coast-to-coast pass to Davis for a dunk.
Austin Rivers managed to keep the Clippers in the game with 11 fourth-quarter points.
Irving doubtful: Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has a broken bone in his face and was doubtful for their game today against the Raptors. The team called the fracture minor. Irving left Friday night's game against the Hornets in the first quarter after taking an inadvertent elbow to the face from teammate Aron Baynes. Irving was bleeding from the nose as he was escorted to the locker room.
Game Highlights: James Harden scored 38 to lead the host Rockets to a 111-96 win over the Grizzlies. … Former Gator Bradley Beal scored 19 and the host Wizards forced the Hawks into a season-worst 24 turnovers in a 113-94 victory. … Kristaps Porzingis returned after a one-game absence because of injuries to score 34, Courtney Lee added 20 and the host Knicks beat the Kings 118-91.