NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three games into his second season Anthony Davis is quickly establishing himself as the leader of the baby-faced New Orleans Pelicans.
Davis had 25 points, eight rebounds, a career-high six blocks and five assists to lead New Orleans to a 105-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night, its first win changing its nickname to Pelicans.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Davis has scored at least 20 points in each of the Hornets' first three games and has made 19 of 20 free throws.
He punctuated his performance Saturday by diving into the scorer's table to save a pass from going out of bounds and hustling back to score in transition.
"I'm just trying to hustle and everything I need to do to help my team win," Davis said. "If it's me diving on the floor to save the ball, or making transition buckets, that's what I'm going to do."
Tyreke Evans added 15 points, Jrue Holiday had 14 and Brian Roberts 13 for New Orleans (1-2).
The Bobcats, playing without Al Jefferson, were led by Ramon Sessions with 22 points and Kemba Walker with 14.
"(Davis) is doing it every single night but I think that he can be better," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "I want him to attack the basket more. Obviously I love the points but he's only scratching the surface as to where he's going to be as he gets stronger and learns how to draw more fouls."
The Pelicans set a franchise record with 18 blocked shots with Jason Smith matching his career high with five.
New Orleans was coming off a 20-point loss at Orlando on Friday night when it shot 34 percent (37 of 75). The Pelicans recorded 30 assists, led by Holiday with eight and Evans with seven.
"We were doing a great job of talking," Davis said. "When we talk and communicate with each other we are a tough team to beat."