MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Whatever problems the New Orleans Pelicans face, playing the Memphis Grizzlies seems to resolve them — including overcoming an eight-game losing streak.
Anthony Davis scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Pelicans won for only the second time in January, claiming a 95-92 victory over Memphis on Monday.
The Pelicans have won all three games against the Grizzlies this season, the only three games New Orleans has won in the Southwest Division. Meanwhile, Memphis has lost all 10 games against teams in the division.
"It feels good to get a win," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "Like I told our guys, you can't get wins like this if you don't have big-time character and tough guys in your locker room."
Tyreke Evans added 15 points, 11 of them in the fourth quarter. He also had seven assists. Brian Roberts scored 13 points and Eric Gordon finished with 12 for the short-handed Pelicans. Alexis Ajinca scored 10 points, and Davis added four blocks and four steals to his stat line.
"Our defense was horrible," said Memphis forward Zach Randolph, who led the Grizzlies with 23 points and a season-high 20 rebounds, equally split between offensive and defensive boards.
Courtney Lee had 19 points and Marc Gasol finished with 14 points. Mike Conley had 13 for Memphis, which saw an end to its five-game winning streak.
The Pelicans won minus three key players — Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson and Jason Smith, all out with injuries. The trio, plus reserve guard Anthony Morrow, who didn't make the trip because of illness, left New Orleans with 10 available players.
"Everybody contributed all the way down to the 10th guy," Davis said. "Everybody is stepping up, and that's what we need while guys are down."
New Orleans players pointed to controlling Randolph and Gasol as a key component against the Memphis, which lost on its annual game on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
"We just played really good defense," Gordon said. "We tried to attack them on offense to make them help. Our bigs did a pretty good job. It's been a tough time these past few weeks."