NBA: Pelicans rip Hawks, Knicks beat Trail Blazers to win 5 in a row, Nuggets edge Bulls

New Orleans Pelicans' guard E'Twaun Moore (centre) drives under the basket during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Nov 22, 2016.
New Orleans Pelicans' guard E'Twaun Moore (centre) drives under the basket during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Nov 22, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

(AFP) - Playing without National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star forward Anthony Davis most of the night after he suffered a bruised right knee, the New Orleans Pelicans still routed Atlanta 112-94 on Tuesday (Nov 22).

Tim Frazier matched his career high with 21 points and added 14 assists for the Pelicans, who led by as many as 35 points in the third quarter.

New York's Kristaps Porzingis scored 31 points to power the Knicks over Portland 107-103 for their fifth victory in a row at Madison Square Garden. The Trail Blazers had won their prior six visits.

Derrick Rose scored six of his 18 points in the final 3min 40sec and Brandon Jennings came off the bench to pass out 11 assists for the Knicks. Portland had 22 points from Damian Lillard and 16 from C.J. McCollum.

Jamal Murray came off the bench to score 24 points, leading six double-figure scorers for Denver in the Nuggets' 110-107 victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls.

Denver's Will Barton sank two free throws with nine seconds remaining and team-mate Danilo Gallinari added another to create the final margin.

Jusuf Nurkic scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Nuggets, who also had 16 points and nine points off the bench from Wilson Chandler. Jimmy Butler had 25 points in a losing cause.