Without Davis, Pelicans drop third straight game

Jim Eichenhofer
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Moments before tip-off Wednesday, Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis walked to center court, where he was greeted by GM Dell Demps and presented with his black No. 23 Western Conference All-Star jersey. The Smoothie King Center crowd roared its appreciation for Davis’ second straight All-Star selection.

That was the high point of the evening for the Pelicans. From the opening tip, Indiana imposed its will on New Orleans, building a 22-point halftime lead and going up by as many as 30 in the third quarter.

The Pelicans never led, dropping their third straight game entering the All-Star break. New Orleans again played without Davis (sprained right shoulder) and Ryan Anderson (right elbow soreness), as well as Jrue Holiday (right leg stress reaction). The Pelicans went 2-5 in the first half of the season without Davis but were 24-21 with him.

Indiana reserve Damjan Rudez cut backdoor and scored an easy layup off a nice feed from David West, giving the Pacers an 84-58 lead with a minute remaining in the third quarter. By the end of the period, Indiana was up 29.