Cousins explodes for 40 points, 22 rebounds to lead Pelicans past Nuggets

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Trainers and teammates carried Davis off the floor, eventually placing him in a wheelchair to reach the locker room.

Davis missed Saturday's game at Portland and will miss Monday night's game against the Golden State Warriors.

It's unclear exactly how long Davis will be sidelined, but he was seen doing individual warmups the past few days, able to drive to the basket and rise for dunks. However, Davis said on Monday he's still experiencing significant pain on certain cuts and pivots, and the Pelicans will be cautious with his return. "We came in at half and said the first team to play a little bit of defense is going to be the team to win the game". "If there was any chance that he could play, he would play".

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis will be examined in New Orleans on Sunday to determine how severe his groin injury is, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Suns listed him out for two-to-three weeks while he recovers.

The good news for the Nuggets?

While Gary Harris did his best with his offensive prowess to keep the team in the game, his match up, Jrue Holliday, had one of his best nights of the year. Denver's starting shooting guard scored a team-high 18 points in the first half on 7-11 shooting and looked to be in line to top his career-high of 28 points.

Rondo hasn't tallied more than 31 minutes since joining the Pelicans in free agency.

"Jameer is one of the reasons we can do that", Gentry said. "The fact that he's day-to-day, I think is great".

The Nuggets are 13-11 overall - 10-2 at home but just 3-9 on the road, something that infuriates coach Mike Malone. "He's a leader on and off the court and he makes everyone around him better".

Meanwhile, the Pelicans took advantage of Denver's obvious current weakness in the paint without their two stars, Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic. According to oddsmakers from online sports book, the Pelicans are 4.5-point home favorites to beat the Nuggets, who opened as 4-point road underdogs.

"Just the antics. It's silly man, like, just let me live", Cousins said. He forces teams to make decisions on if you're going to double-team him or play one-on-one and try to take away the other guys.

"In the first half we kind of got sucked into playing their style of play, just trying to outscore one another", Cousins said.



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