NBA: New Orleans Pelicans too much for LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers

DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the New Orleans Pelicans is fouled by Jae Crowder #99 and Channing Frye #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the New Orleans Pelicans is fouled by Jae Crowder #99 and Channing Frye #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - DeMarcus Cousins notched a triple-double and Anthony Davis returned from injury to score 30 points in the National Basketball Association on Saturday (Oct 28) as the New Orleans Pelicans downed the Cleveland Cavaliers 123-101.

Cousins poured in 29 points with 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his first triple-double since arriving in New Orleans.

Davis, who missed Thursday's game against the Sacramento Kings with a knee injury, pulled down 14 rebounds to go with his 30 points.

Jrue Holiday also had a season-high 29 points and seven assists, while E'Twaun Moore matched his career-high with 24 points.

Kevin Love led the way for the Cavaliers with 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Cavs superstar LeBron James added 18 points, five rebounds and eight assists - but also had four turnovers as Cleveland, beaten by the Golden State Warriors in last year's NBA Finals, dropped their second straight to fall to 3-3.

Love made three three-pointers in little more than a minute to spark a 22-7 Cleveland scoring run that turned a 65-52 deficit into a 73-72 Cavs lead midway through the third period.

But New Orleans responded with a 12-2 run and led 89-83 going into the final period.

Cleveland, already coping with early-season injuries, got a scare when Love went down with less than five minutes left in the third. Love returned to hit two free throws before coach Tyronn Lue sat out his starters for much of the fourth quarter.