Davis has huge game in return, Pelicans beat Pistons 88-85

 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 39 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks in his first game back from a right shoulder sprain, and the New Orleans Pelicans won for the sixth time in seven games, 88-85 over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

   Davis hit two mid-range jumpers in the last 1:14, the second with 18 seconds left, to hold off Detroit in a frenetic game that was close throughout the second half.

   In only his third season, Davis has a Pelicans career record 437 blocks. His seventh of the game gave him the record, surpassing David West’s 435.

   Tyreke Evans had 21 points and nine assists for New Orleans, including a driving layup in traffic with 44 seconds left. Alexis Ajinca added 10 points and 11 rebounds.

   Jodie Meeks scored 20 points and Reggie Jackson had 14 for Detroit, which has lost four straight.