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  • 09 Jul
    NEW ORLEANS -- As Anthony Davis trotted off the court and toward the locker room, fans gathered near the tunnel offered one more round of applause, some of them shouting their congratulations to Davis for receiving his first All-Star game nod. [b]Eddie George Womens Jersey[/b] . The 20-year-old Pelicans big man glanced up and smiled widely at the well-wishers -- a fitting end to a day he wont soon forget. Davis responded to his selection earlier in the day as a Western Conference All-Star with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-91 on Friday night. "Its great, man" Davis said. "Weve got to keep pushing. You cant get too happy -- but at the same time, youve got to enjoy it." Davis, who leads the NBA with an average of more than 3 blocks per game, is also making 20-point, 10-rebound outings look routine lately. Meanwhile, the Pelicans have won six of eight games despite being without two key players -- forward Ryan Anderson (herniated disk) and point guard Jure Holiday (fractured shin). "Were fighting," Davis said. "Were grinding each and every night and coming up with big-time wins." Davis narrowly missed being picked by coaches as a Western Conference All-Star reserve, but when Kobe Bryant was unable to play in the game because of his injured left knee, new NBA commissioner Adam Silver chose Davis as Bryants replacement. Then Davis turned in his 17th 20-point, 10-rebound game of the season before a national TV audience, replete with highlight-worthy alley-oop and putback dunks. In the pivotal fourth quarter, he grabbed seven rebounds and had his only blocked shot. "Its a great way to cap a day off, to be selected (as an All-star) early in the afternoon and then to play like that on national TV in front of the world," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "Its pretty cool. Its a lot for a 20 year old who is just scratching the surface on what he can do." Eric Gordon scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half on an array of jumpers and explosive drives to help fuel New Orleans comeback. "I got up more shots in the second half," Gordon said. "Im always going to shoot a decent field goal percentage. The more shots I get up, the easier it is for me." Brian Roberts added 16 points, including a 22-foot pullup jumper to make it 96-91 with 22 seconds left, and the Pelicans made 13 of 20 shots in the fourth quarter, outscoring Minnesota 37-20 in the period. Kevin Love, returning from a one-game absence caused by neck stiffness, had 26 points and 19 rebounds for Minnesota. Corey Brewer added 16 points and Kevin Martin 15. Loves inside presence helped Minnesota build the largest lead of the game, at 12, in the third quarter. Love outrebounded the Pelicans as a team 8-5 and had nine points in the period, seven at the free throw line. His free throws in the final minute of the quarter made it 71-59 before Austin Rivers 11-foot floater pulled the Pelicans back to 10 points heading into the final period. "It was tough because I just came off of playing a number of physical games and I had been taking a beating. Im just trying to give this team all that I can," Love said. "But in the end, it wasnt enough." New Orleans still trailed by nine when J.J. Bareas fast-break layup made it 75-66. The play had Williams muttering to himself in disgust as he called timeout, and New Orleans responded. Gordons 18-foot pull-up jumper and a pair of 3s by Anthony Morrow fueled a 12-2 run. Gordon capped the surge with an explosive dribble drive past Brewer for a two-handed dunk. New Orleans gradually built its lead to seven. Ricky Rubio, who had 11 points, briefly cut it to 89-85 with a 3, but Morrows third 3 on as many attempts made it 92-85 and Minnesota did not get closer than three points after that. "Our decision making offensively wasnt very good," Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said. "I dont think we played well together. Everyone was trying to do it for themselves. ... We have to find a way to trust each other better than that." NOTES: Love was 14 for 17 from the free throw line. ... F Luke Babbitt made his debut for the Pelicans in the second quarter and hit a 3 soon after checking in and finished with five points in 19:29, including a clutch tip-in of Davis miss late in the fourth quarter. [b]Jeffery Simmons Jersey[/b] . They actually finished with a better record in ‘07 than they did in ‘06 but only marginally, going from 61 victories to 66. [b]Jeffery Simmons Womens Jersey[/b] .S. military base for UFC: Fight for the Troops 3. This fight card, which takes place in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, has had a number of changes, including headliner Lyoto Machida replaced by fellow Brazilian Rafael Natal.ALAMEDA, Calif. - Jack Del Rio picked the same offensive co-ordinator to start his tenure in Oakland as he did more than a decade ago in Jacksonville.Thats even after he fired Bill Musgrave two years into his stint with the Jaguars.Musgrave said Tuesday he harbours no hard feelings toward Del Rio over his firing 10 years ago and said he looks forward to working with Del Rio again with the Oakland Raiders.Jack and I are always pulling in the same direction, Musgrave said. We had some real positive times there in Jacksonville. ... I really learned a lot. I sure wish we would have won enough or won the tiebreaker to get in the tournament that year, but it didnt work out. Jacks very competitive, just as I am, so I definitely understood the decision.Musgrave helped develop Byron Leftwich after he was drafted in the first round by Jacksonville in 2003 and relied heavily on running back Fred Taylor, who rushed for 2,796 yards the two years under Musgrave.The Jaguars ranked 18th in the league in passing, 11th in rushing and 28th in scoring in Musgraves two years there with Del Rio and he was fired after the team went 9-7 in 2004.Since leaving Jacksonville following the 2004 season, he has had success at a variety of stops. He served as quarterbacks coach in Washington in 2005 when Mark Brunell helped the Redskins make the playoffs; spent five years as quarterbacks coach in Atlanta where he helped develop Matt Ryan; was offensive co-ordinator for three years in Minnesota, including when Adrian Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards in 2012; and quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia last season.Musgrave said he learned a lot from Eagles coach Chip Kelly and plans to incorporate some of the spread offence and hurry-up tactics that were so successful in Philadelphia if they fit the personnel in Oakland.Were going to do quite a bit if it fits what the players can do there in Oakland, Musgrave said. Were looking foorward to getting out on the field in the spring and really finding out where their strengths lie. [b]Earl Campbell Womens Jersey[/b]. We talked about tailoring our system to fit them, but Ive got a hunch that a lot of the things we did here in Philadelphia will match up real nice and be effective.In five years as the play caller in Minnesota and Jacksonville, Musgraves teams always ranked in the top half in the league in percentage of run plays. The Raiders were last in that category last season under Greg Olson and would like to to do a better job establishing the run this season.The Raiders were one of the NFLs worst offences last season. Oakland finished last in total offence (282.2 yards per game), second worst in scoring offence (15.8 points per game), last in rushing offence (77.5 yards per game), and 26th in passing offence.Im definitely not going to come in with a system and force anybody to do something thats not natural, Musgrave said. Were definitely going to try to customize and tailor the Raiders system to fit the Raider players. Philosophically, I do believe in running the football. I definitely want to be a physical outfit that runs the ball and imposes their will on the defence.Despite the lack of production, Musgrave said he was attracted to the job because of the presence of quarterback Derek Carr. Carr started all 16 games and became the seventh rookie to top 3,000 yards passing and 20 touchdown passes in a season.Musgrave said he will be involved in filling out the rest of the offensive coaching staff. The team has already hired Mike Tice to coach the offensive line.Musgrave also served short stints as offensive co-ordinator with Philadelphia and Carolina before joining the Jaguars. 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