INDIANAPOLIS — The New Orleans Pelicans appeared to be in big trouble. Then Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins took over.
Davis had 37 points and 14 rebounds, Cousins added 32 points and 13 boards and the Pelicans rallied to beat the Indiana Pacers 117-112 on Tuesday night.
"I think our talent is different than a lot of bigs - there's so many ways we can dominate a game," Cousins said. "And I think we're just scratching the surface right now. We can get so much better."
Davis was 14 for 18 from the field in New Orleans' third straight win. Cousins also had six assists (see full recap).
Love's 32, LeBron's 30 push Cavaliers past Bucks
CLEVELAND — Kevin Love joked that he might swing by the hospital on his way home.
On a recent visit, he got a dose of something that made him and the Cavaliers feel better.
Love scored a season-high 32 points without attempting a 3-pointer, LeBron James added 30 following an interesting couple days on social media, and Cleveland withstood a 40-point performance by Giannis Antetokounmpo to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 124-119 on Tuesday night.
The Cavs have been one of the NBA's biggest surprises this season - for all the wrong reasons. But after losing five of six, they did enough to hand the young-and-improving Bucks their fourth straight loss and keep Cleveland fans from panicking (see full recap).
Porzingis hits tiebreaking 3, Knicks beat Hornets
NEW YORK — No Knicks player has ever started a season like Kristaps Porzingis.
He won't celebrate now, since he only cares about the finish.
Porzingis scored 28 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and New York beat the Charlotte Hornets 118-113 on Tuesday night for its third straight victory.
The Eastern Conference player of the week was held below 30 for only the third time in 10 games this season, but he delivered when it mattered, scoring seven points in the final 2:32 (see full recap).
Jokic scores career-high 41 as Nuggets beat Nets
DENVER — Nikola Jokic had a career-high 41 points, Will Barton and Paul Millsap scored 17 apiece and the Denver Nuggets beat the Brooklyn Nets 112-104 on Tuesday night.
Jokic also had 12 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. He left the game early in the fourth still shy of his career high of 40 points set Feb. 10 against New York but returned late in the fourth. He scored two quick buckets and then fouled out.
The Nets starters couldn't match Jokic's output. The five combined for 40 points and watched from the bench as Jokic outscored them with his four points late in the game.
Tyler Zeller came off the bench to lead Brooklyn with a season-high 21 points. Only three Nets were in double figures. D'Angelo Russell had 12 points a night after scoring 23, and Timofey Mozgov scored 11 (see full recap).