NBA: New Orleans Pelicans lose top scorer Davis for up to six weeks with broken hand

Anthony Davis (No. 23) of the New Orleans Pelicans watches from the bench with a broken hand as his teammates take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center, on Dec 2, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois. Davis, the top scorer and rebounder for the New Orlean
Anthony Davis (No. 23) of the New Orleans Pelicans watches from the bench with a broken hand as his teammates take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center, on Dec 2, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois. Davis, the top scorer and rebounder for the New Orleans Pelicans, will be sidelined for the next four to six weeks with a broken left hand, the National Basketball Association club announced, on Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW ORLEANS (AFP) - Anthony Davis, the top scorer and rebounder for the New Orleans Pelicans, will be sidelined for the next four to six weeks with a broken left hand, the National Basketball Association club announced on Tuesday.

Davis suffered the injury on Sunday in the first quarter of the Pelicans' 103-99 victory over the New York Knicks.

Doctors diagnosed Davis with a non-displaced fracture of his fifth metacarpal on the left hand.

He was the top pick in last year's NBA Draft and a member of the United States Olympic squad that captured gold at the London Games.

Davis was leading the Pelicans with 19.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and an NBA-best 3.9 blocked shots per game.

The injury timetable means he will miss between 12 and 20 games for the Pelicans, who are 9-8 and tied for ninth in the Western Conference, where only three of 15 teams have a losing record.

Only two of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference can boast a winning record.