Anthony Davis scored a season-high 48 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, leading the New Orleans Pelicans back from 19 points down late in the third quarter to a 123-118 overtime victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday.
Jrue Holiday added 31 points, and DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points, 15 rebounds, seven steals and five assists and for the Pelicans. They were down 16 after one, even further back late in the third and still down nine with 4 1/2 minutes left in regulation.
But they kept coming and Holiday had three baskets and a couple free throws in OT to help them finish it off.
Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored 25 points for the Knicks, who lost their third straight and 10th in their last 12 games. Jarrett Jack had a season-high 22 points, and Enes Kanter finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
It was a miserable way to finish a rare January home game for the Knicks, who begin a seven-game, coast-to-coast trip Monday in Brooklyn that has them away for two weeks.
The Knicks seemed in control late in a high-scoring third quarter, when they outscored the Pelicans 39-34. Hardaway's jumper gave New York a 96-77 lead with 1:22 remaining in the period, but New Orleans then went on a 17-4 run - which would have been even bigger if Davis' fullcourt heave was launched earlier instead of after the third-quarter buzzer - to cut it 100-94 midway through the fourth. >> Read more
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This is as bad of a loss as it gets. The Knicks cruised into the fourth quarter and had a 14-point lead in the final frame, and they found a way to lose in overtime thanks to an embarrassing, inexcusable choke. A spade's a spade: Jeff Hornacek is not a good coach. He fails to make adjustments; he leaves guys rotting on the bench not to play; and the team plays atrociously out of timeouts. This is as unacceptable of a loss as it gets, especially at home, and it falls directly on the head coach.
The Knicks were sloppy down the stretch, stopped moving the ball late in the game and looked fatigued. While Lance Thomas may be a great defender, he does nothing else, and the Knicks need to take him out of the lineup to change things up. Perhaps start Tim Hardaway Jr., who dropped 25 points off the bench. Play Joakim Noah and Willy Hernangomez. At five games under .500, what they are doing isn't cutting it. It's frustrating to see pitiful coaching continue when the team keeps losing. There's also no need to see 37 minutes of Jarrett Jack -- Frank Ntilikina and now Trey Burke need to play more minutes. If New York is going to lose, lose with youth.
The Knicks now head on the road for seven games, where the season could slip away from them (if it hasn't already).
The Knicks face the Brooklyn Nets on Monday at 3 p.m. at Barclays Center.