NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Jusuf Nurkic scored 23 points, Will Barton added 22, and the Denver Nuggets survived a dominant performance by Anthony Davis to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans 107-102 in both teams’ regular season opener Wednesday night.
Davis had 50 points, 16 rebounds, seven steals, five assists and four blocks. The former Kentucky Wildcat became the first player to score 45 points, grab 15 rebounds, dish five assists and record five steals in a single game in league history (since steals became a recorded statistic in the 1973-74 season).
His production helped New Orleans trim a deficit as large as 14 late in the second quarter down to two points in the waning minutes. He simply didn’t have enough help.
The rest of the Pelicans combined to shoot 21 of 58. Tim Frazier scored 15 for the Pelicans. E’Twaun Moore added 10 points, but missed a 3-point attempt that could have tied it with 24 seconds left.
Danilo Gallinari scored 15 for Denver and Wilson Chandler added 12 points.
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