- Associated Press - Monday, October 20, 2014

BALTIMORE — Anthony Davis scored 14 points and Ryan Anderson had 11 as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Washington Wizards 88-84 on Monday night in the next-to-last preseason game for both teams.

Led by 10 points from Davis, who went 5 for 5 from the field, the Pelicans went on a 24-4 run to take a 28-12 lead with 47.4 seconds left in the first quarter.

Early in the third quarter, Davis sprained his right wrist and didn’t return.

Washington rested point guard John Wall and forward Paul Pierce. Pierce bruised his right knee on Friday against Charlotte.

The Wizards, led by Kevin Seraphin’s 14 points, rebounded from a 29-point deficit to get within 87-84 with 18 seconds to play.


Wizards: Wall sat out his first preseason game. Coach Randy Wittman said he wanted to rest Wall, who has tendinitis in his left knee.

“Considering everything that’s going on, there’s no need to stress with that,” Wittman said.

Wittman believes Wall will be back at practice on Tuesday. When asked if Wall’s minutes needed to be monitored, Wittman shook his head no.

Washington suited up just 11 players. Forward Kris Humphries, who had surgery on his right pinkie last month, was scheduled to have sutures removed on Monday.

Pelicans: Coach Monty Williams played Tyreke Evans 20 minutes. Evans, who played in just his second preseason game after missing the first five because of a right hamstring injury, had 10 points.

“Tyreke is still under restriction a little bit with his minutes, so we don’t want to push that,” Williams said.

New Orleans isn’t planning to play its starters many minutes in the team’s final preseason game on Thursday. Williams used this as an opportunity to play the players he anticipates will be in his regular-season rotation.

“We have a number of new guys who are learning our language,” Williams said. “We still have some things we want to look at the last couple of games. The last game we won’t see our starters much, if at all.”


The game was played at the newly named Royal Farms Arena, the latest moniker for the more than 50-year-old downtown building that was home to the Wizards‘ predecessors, the Baltimore Bullets from 1963-73.


Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones served as the Wizards‘ honorary captain. Jones’ Orioles were eliminated in four games by Kansas City in last week’s American League Championship Series.


Pelicans: Host Dallas on Thursday

Wizards: Visit New York on Wednesday.

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