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Pelicans' Davis hopes to return vs. Jazz

Pelicans' Davis hopes to return vs. Jazz

Davis, who Gentry said Saturday would be a game-time decision, did not play in Friday's 116-97 loss against the Washington Wizards - New Orleans' first defeat since February 9.

The Jazz (37-30) were led by Ricky Rubio who tallied a game-high 30 points to go along with 10 rebounds.

Davis is enjoying an MVP-caliber season with averages of 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.5 steals.

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry says that he is confident that superstar big man Anthony Davis will play on Sunday against the Utah Jazz, according to the team.

Jrue Holiday had 18 points and 10 assists for the Pelicans, but missed 12 of 19 shots, turned the ball over four times and struggled defensively against Utah's backcourt tandem of Rubio and Mitchell while guarding each at various points during the game.

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The 21-year-old had only two points going into halftime, but he closed the period by scoring 15 points over the final three minutes with several sensational plays along the way.

Aussie Joe Ingles' scoring run continued in this one, adding 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-6 from the three-point line.

New Orleans cut the deficit to seven midway through the quarter, but Utah rebuilt it to 13 on Mitchell's basket with 3:38 left.

He scored 40 or more points five times during New Orleans' recent franchise-record-tying 10-game win streak, including a 53-point outing by Davis.

In seven games without Davis this season, the Pelicans are just 3-4. Derrick Favors had three fouls before six minutes were up, and Ekpe Udoh, taking on backup center minutes, had three fouls in a two-and-a-half minute span by early in the second quarter.