NBA: Anthony Davis bags 32pts in New Orleans Pelicans' easy win over Detroit Pistons

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anthony Davis scored 32 points, including 15 in the Pelicans' season-best 72-point first half, to power New Orleans to a 115-99 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.

The Pelicans won for the fourth time in five games and for the seventh consecutive time against the Pistons.

Tyreke Evans scored 22 points and had 10 assists, and Ryan Anderson added 13 points for New Orleans. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Pistons with 23 points. Guard Brandon Jennings had 20 points and centre Andre Drummond had 19 points and 22 rebounds.

In Cleveland, Kevin Love scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and LeBron James had 22 points and 12 assists in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 115-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Cavs won for the 13th time in the past 14 meetings against the Clippers and improved to 18-3 against them all time at Quicken Loans Arena.

Chris Paul had 30 points and nine assists, including 12 consecutive points in the first quarter to keep the Clippers close.

However, Cleveland's defence stiffened after the first quarter, and the Cavaliers' hacking strategy on Los Angeles' DeAndre Jordan in the second half worked perfectly.

Jordan, a 42 per cent shooter from the line this season, shot six-for-15 from the line and finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds.