The Associated Press

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Portland at Minnesota

When: 6 p.m. Sunday

TV: NBCSNW

NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis crossed up his defender with a behind-the-back dribble, exploded toward the hoop and scored despite being fouled.

Clearly, Davis’ recently sprained right ankle was holding up well.

Davis scored 36 points, grabbed five of his nine rebounds on the offensive end and blocked two shots, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Portland Trail Blazers 119-113 on Friday night.

“His presence tonight, it was felt tonight throughout the entire game,” said Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins, whose 24-point, 19-rebound performance also included an alley-oop lob to Davis for a two-handed jam. “Throw him the ball and get out the way. That’s our finisher. That’s our scorer, so it kind of takes a load off of everybody on the floor. Easy target.”

While the Pelicans shot 54.9 percent (45 of 82), they nearly threw the game away with 18 turnovers, which Portland converted into 28 points.

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum each scored 23 points for Portland. Al-Farouq Aminu had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Jusuf Nurkic added 19 points.

Portland attempted 42 3-pointers and missed 30, but coach Terry Stotts did not complain about shot selection.

“Most of them were decent looks,” Stotts said. “When you score 113 points, you can’t really look at the offense. But it was an offensive game, and we came up a little short.”

Also Friday:

Pacers 97, Cavaliers 95: INDIANAPOLIS — Lance Stephenson had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Darren Collison scored 22 points and the Indiana Pacers rallied from a 22-point, first-half deficit.

Warriors 108, Bucks 94: MILWAUKEE — Kevin Durant scored 26 points, Draymond Green added 21 and Golden State used a 13-4 run in the fourth quarter to beat Milwaukee without Stephen Curry, who was sidelined by a right ankle injury.

Timberwolves 118, Knicks 108: MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns fell one assist shy of his second career triple-double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 15 rebounds to lead Minnesota.

Wizards 125, Magic 119: WASHINGTON — Bradley Beal and John Wall each scored 30 points as Washington snapped a two-game losing streak.

Rockets 112, Suns 95: PHOENIX — Chris Paul scored 25 points to lead six Houston players in double figures for Houston, which played its sixth straight game without injured James Harden.

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