Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) is defended by New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the third quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Photo by Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
NEW ORLEANS - Anthony Davis, the 2012 top NBA Draft pick and Olympic gold medalist, scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Saturday to lead the New Orleans Pelicans over Miami 105-95.
Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James had 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Heat, but the two-time reigning NBA champions fell to 6-7 in March.
Tyreke Evans added 16 points and eight assists for the Pelicans and Al-Farouq Aminu scored 12 for New Orleans, which improved to 29-40, last in the Southwest division.
Mario Chalmers scored 19 points and added seven assists for the Heat, who fell to 47-21, second in the Eastern Conference, three games behind Indiana.
James hit a jumper at the buzzer to cut the Pelicans' half-time edge to 45-43 and the heat were within 76-72 entering the fourth quarter.
A 12-2 New Orleans run early in the final period gave the hosts a 92-78 lead, and Miami never got nearer than eight points the rest of the way.
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