NEW ORLEANS — Jrue Holiday doesn’t concern himself with who is guarding Anthony Davis, or how many defenders flock to the Pelicans’ prolific power forward.
Given Davis’ recent form, Holiday just wants to get him the ball.
“I’d give it to him with four people on him,” Holiday said. “It doesn’t really matter. He scores that easily.”
Davis had 41 points and 16 rebounds, helping New Orleans dominate the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 105-88 on Tuesday night.
The Lakers expected to be healthier with forward Julius Randle returning to the lineup following a three-game absence because of a hip injury, but about two minutes into the game, starting shooting guard Nick Young was carried off with a strained right Achilles tendon.
Lou Williams scored 16 points for the Lakers and Randle finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, but Los Angeles was in a 20-point hole by the second quarter and never recovered.
“The first half we shot ourselves in the foot” by playing poor defense, Randle said. “In the second half, we played well defensively; we just missed a lot of open shots that we usually make.”
Davis, meanwhile, is now averaging 31.8 points per game for New Orleans and shows no sign of slowing down. He’s scored 36 or more in four of his last six games, breaking 40 twice in that span.
“I put in so much work to try and better myself as a basketball player, and when I’m on the floor I feel like no one can stop me,” Davis said. “It’s just making the right read.”
And when he has help, New Orleans can be tough to beat.
Playing in his seventh game since returning from personal leave, Holiday started for the first time this season and scored 22 points.
“He got us off to a good start,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said, noting that Holiday also played well defensively. “Having him out there, it’s just a calming effect and obviously having him out there with A.D. — that combination is really good for us.”
Omer Asik added 10 points and 11 assists while New Orleans snapped a two-game skid.