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Pelicans overcome injury concerns and Suns

There was a lot of drama tonight despite the Pelicans fighting neck and neck with the Thunder for the 8th spot in the Western Conference.

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Just as quickly as viewers were adjusting to watching Jrue Holiday play basketball again, Anthony Davis was forced to leave the game 80 seconds later after he was hit in his throat region inadvertently by Earl Barron.

For the length of an entire quarter, fans were in the dark about his prognosis. A 47-41 halftime lead seemed to pale in comparison to the status of our superstar. Before the start of the third quarter, Joel Meyers announced on Fox Sports New Orleans that AD's return was questionable as the medical staff was still evaluating him.

Although the Pelicans were able to extend a one point advantage to a 10 point lead after three quarters, it was the start of the fourth quarter that finally had everyone out of their seats -- Anthony Davis was returning back to the game!

Naturally, the Pelicans would go on to coast to the victory from there. A number of players played well: Jrue Holiday in his return, Anthony Davis after coming back in the fourth, and Omer Asik on the boards (18 in 22 minutes). However, none might have been bigger than Dante Cunningham (12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks).

Stay tuned for the full recap coming up later tonight. Geaux Pelicans!

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