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NBA Wrap: Anthony Davis’ freakish back-to-back, LeBron’s Lakers’ ugly loss to the Orlando Magic

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Published by Staff Writers, 18th November 2018 on foxsports.com.au

The NBA just won’t stop. So we won’t either.

Another bizarre day of action included game-winners, monster lines, more upsets, and a couple teams regressing to the mean.

Let’s have a look at it all in today’s NBA Wrap!

AD-VANTAGE PELS

Two wins in two days for the New Orleans Pelicans is impressive. More impressive, however, is what Anthony Davis managed.

Over the Pels’ back-to-back against the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets, the 25-year-old tallied 83 points, 25 rebounds, and 13 assists.

Davis backed up his 43-17-5 line against the Knicks with a cool 40-8-8 in a 125-115 win over the Nuggets as New Orleans improved to 9-7 on the season.

Want to be MVP? You’re doing it right.

SAUCING ON YOU

When a D.J. Augustin-led offence runs rings around you, there are problems.

So despite the Los Angeles Lakers’ mini run up the Western Conference, there’s clearly still a lot of work to do after they fell 130-117 to the Orlando Magic. Augustin had 22 points (on 7-for-9 shooting) and seven assists, while Nikola Vucevic dropped 36.

LeBron James played just 25 minutes — the game out of reach going into the fourth quarter — and had a team-high 22 points, four rebounds, and seven assists.

WHERE ARE YOU, STEPH?

‘Cause the Warriors just aren’t the same without you.

The defending champs are now 2-3 without Curry in the lineup since he went out with a groin injury, and they again looked average in a 112-109 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Kevin Durant had 32 points, Klay Thompson had 22, and Golden State got good contributions from the likes of Quinn Cook (15), Shaun Livingston (12), and Damion Lee (13), but it ultimately wasn’t enough without their two-time MVP and Draymond Green, who was out with a toe injury.

For Dallas, Luka Doncic topscored with 24 points, while Harrison Barnes had 23 and eight rebounds against his former team.

ON A ROLL

The Houston Rockets have won four straight, and are starting to look a bit more like the team that took the Warriors to a Game 7 in last season’s Western Conference Finals.

On Sunday, they dropped 132 points on what is no longer a terrible Sacramento Kings roster.

James Harden had 35 points, Clint Capela put up 23 and 16 rebounds, while Chris Paul went 6-for-8 from downtown for his 24 points.

Buddy Hield’s 23 and De’Aaron Fox’s 19 wasn’t enough for the Kings, who dropped to 8-8 on the season.

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