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Cleveland Blocks: Davis leads Pelicans past Cavs

Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Antony Davis had 30 points, seven rebounds and eight blocked shots to help the New Orleans Pelicans to a 100-89 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Eric Gordon added 20 points and nine assists, while Brian Roberts and Al- Farouq Aminu finished with 12 points apiece for the Pelicans, winners in three straight.

"We put a lot of things together. We played good, solid defense. We were making good plays and we were all attacking the rim. We just made good plays without turning over the ball," said Gordon. "It feels good. It shows that we're getting better and improving."

Kyrie Irving scored a team-high 23 points, Dion Waiters poured in 21 and Tyler Zeller turned in a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have dropped four of their last five games.

"The game is simple. We don't play hard in spurts and it equates to losses. I thought New Orleans got a lot of easy baskets," said Cavs coach Mike Brown. "Our coverages for the most part are the same. We make little adjustments here and there but you've got to play at a certain level for 48 minutes in order to win."

Cleveland rookie Anthony Bennett had his best game as a pro, scoring a career- high 15 points and pulling down eight rebounds. The first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft was 5-for-10 from the floor in just over 31 minutes of action.

"He had a heck of a practice yesterday for us. He's been doing the things we ask of him to do in practice," Brown said of Bennett. "We played him and he took advantage of the opportunity. Just one of those things when you've got to stay ready when your number is called and he showed that he stayed ready tonight."

Cleveland took a 13-6 lead just shy of the midway point of the first quarter after Irving knocked down a 3-pointer. Roberts countered with a trey of his own and Gordon took a long rebound all the way to the hoop to make it a two- point game just under a minute later.

The teams traded baskets from there until a Luol Deng jumper made it a six- point game. The Pelicans managed to pull within a point in the closing moments of the frame, but Waiters got a floater to fall to give the hosts a 29-26 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Bennett put the Cavs up 41-35 with 6:31 remaining in the second quarter, but New Orleans closed the half on a 21-3 run to take a 56-44 lead into the break. Gordon scored nine points on the burst while Davis, Aminu and Rivers added four points apiece. New Orleans was 9-for-12 from the floor over that stretch.

Cleveland was within 11, 65-54, with 5:48 to go in the third, but a 16-5 run from New Orleans, capped with a tough 20-footer from Aminu, gave the Pelicans a commanding 81-59 advantage.

New Orleans carried an 83-65 spread into the final frame, and never saw its lead dip below 11 the rest of the way.

Game Notes

The Pelicans shot 52.7 percent (39-for-74) from the field ... New Orleans scored 19 points off 11 Cleveland turnovers ... The Pelicans outrebounded the Cavs 41-35 ... Bennett tied a career high for rebounds ... Cavs center Anderson Varejao was inactive because of a knee injury.

01/28 23:38:46 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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