Pelicans 104, Knicks 92: Top-Heavy Knicks Are Toppled by New Orleans Pelicans


Knicks guard Derrick Rose, right, shooting over Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday. Rose scored 20 points.

Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis is scoring less lately and could not be happier about it.

Davis had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans won their fourth straight game, 104-92, over the Knicks on Friday night.

“I could score 2 points, and if we win, that’s fine,” Davis said. “Everybody knows their role by now. Everybody’s playing very well. We’re just playing for each other and playing together.”

Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and 13 rebounds but could not prevent the Knicks from dropping their third straight. Kristaps Porzingis had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Derrick Rose added 20 points. No other players contributed more than 8 points for the Knicks, who shot just 37.6 percent.

But Rose did not sound as concerned with the Knicks’ offense as with how they played on the other end.

“I don’t even want to talk about offense,” Rose said. “If we came out and played defense, I think it…

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