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Davis dominates, Pelicans roll past Knicks

AAP logoAAP 10/01/2017

Anthony Davis had 40 points and 18 rebounds before leaving with a left hip injury after a hard foul in the New Orleans Pelicans' 110-96 victory over the New York Knicks.

The Knicks started the game without Derrick Rose and lost Carmelo Anthony to an ejection.

Rose was not with the team for unspecified reasons, and Anthony was back in the locker room late in the third quarter after getting thrown out for arguing with the officials.

Davis played only 29 minutes and also blocked three shots.

He left the game when he was flagrantly fouled by Kyle O'Quinn, ejected for swinging his arm down hard on Davis, who was dribbling up the floor on a fast break and ended up being knocked into the front row of fans behind the baseline.

Anthony had 18 points for the Knicks, who lost for the eighth time in nine games and had problems well beyond their non-existent defence.

Coach Jeff Hornacek never mentioned that Rose wouldn't play before the game, but Brandon Jennings started at the point and the Knicks said only that Rose was not with the team.

Anthony then felt he was fouled while missing a pair of jumpers in the third quarter and lingered long into the ensuing timeout talking to referee Dan Crawford, who hit him with a technical before Jacyn Goble called a second and tossed Anthony.

By then it didn't matter. The Pelicans were in the process of outscoring the Knicks 31-15 in the third.

Russell Westbrook came within one rebound of his 18th triple double of the season in another big performance for Oklahoma in their 109-94 win over the Chicago Bulls.

Westbrook had 21 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 11 rebounds, Ricky Rubio added 13 points and a season-high 15 assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a four-game losing streak with a 101-92 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Australian centre Andrew Bogut had two points, four rebounds and two assists for the Mavericks.

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