Los Angeles forward Anthony Davis shrugged off the boos that greeted his return to New Orleans yesterday, scoring 41 points to power the Lakers to a 114-110 NBA victory over the Pelicans.
"Man it feels so good," said Davis, who finished his night by grabbing an attempted inbounds pass from New Orleans' Jrue Holiday with 4.2 seconds left and then sinking two free throws to close out the come-from-behind win.
Davis, who had been booed by Pels fans last year when he tried to engineer a trade from the club -- a move that finally happened in the off-season, said he was prepared for the reaction.
"I just tried to play through it and calm my nerves and play basketball," he said.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn's Kyrie Irving didn't make it back to Boston for a scheduled rematch with his former team.
He cast a long shadow at TD Garden, but it was Boston guard Kemba Walker who starred in the Celtics' 121-110 triumph.
The game would have been Irving's first in Boston since he departed the Celtics as a free agent in the off season.
But he missed a seventh straight contest with a shoulder injury -- an absence greeted with skepticism by many Boston fans who chanted "Where is Kyrie?" and "Kyrie Sucks!" as the contest got underway.
In Memphis, the Los Angeles Clippers ground out a 121-119 victory over the Grizzlies to stretch their win streak to seven games.
In a game that featured 16 ties and 21 lead changes, Montrezl Harrell tipped in teammate Lou Williams' missed shot with 2.3 seconds remaining to give the Clippers the victory.
The Philadelphia 76ers remained unbeaten at home, improving to 8-0 at Wells Fargo Center with a 97-91 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Joel Embiid bounced back from an embarrassing scoreless performance in Monday's loss at Toronto, scoring 33 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.*AFP
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