NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After New Orleans survived a stunning fourth-quarter surge by LeBron James and forced overtime, injured veteran center Kendrick Perkins pulled Pelicans teammate Anthony Davis aside for a quick word.
“Perk told me, ‘This is the time where you’ve got to be great,’ ” Davis said. “Every time I caught the ball, I was looking to be aggressive and teammates were looking for me. … So it was just about me knocking down the shots.”
Davis hit three jump shots from beyond 12 feet to start overtime, capping a 31-point, 12-rebound, four-steal performance that lifted New Orleans to a 114-108 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
“It just shows that when we play like we’re supposed to, we can beat anybody,” Davis said, alluding to an earlier victory over San Antonio. “We’ve just got to do it against teams that are not the Spurs or not Cleveland. We can’t play down to the level of our competition. We’ve got to make sure we’re playing at a high level every game.”
Eric Gordon had 19 points and Ryan…