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Pelicans begin 3-game road trip at “The Garden”

The New Orleans Pelicans open their three-game East Coast road trip with Sunday's tilt against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

The game is set to tipoff at 2:30 p.m.

The Pelicans (21-20) relied on their star players to come away with a 119-113 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis had 36 points and nine rebounds in his return from a one-game suspension due to a right ankle injury. DeMarcus Cousins added 24 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists.

New Orleans heads into Sunday's contest sitting at No. 8 in the Western Conference and remains one of the five teams fighting for the final four spots in the West's highly competitive playoff race. 

The Knicks (19-23) put together an improbable fourth-quarter comeback to pull out a 105-103 win over the Pelicans on Dec. 30 at the Smoothie King Center in the first meeting between the teams.

Davis and Cousins accounted for 60 points and 28 rebounds, but Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis led his team back from an eight-point deficit with just under three minutes remaining.

Porzingis scored seven of the Knicks' final nine points and finished with 30 points and seven rebounds, but New York went on to lose five of its next six since that game.

But the Knicks received a boost with the return of shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. in Friday's 118-108 loss to Minnesota. He missed the previous 20 games with a lower left leg stress injury and scored 16 points in 25 minutes.


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