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    November 2, 2018 5:45 AM GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Two years ago, there wasnt a player in the NBA with a bigger upside than Anthony Davis. JC Tretter Jersey .The 2012 top overall pick was being compared to Steph Curry, LeBron James and Kevin Durant as players with whom to start a franchise.After an injury-riddled 2015-16 campaign, Davis is back to playing at an MVP-caliber level. He is leads the NBA in scoring at 31.5 points and in blocks with 2.68 rejections per game. Davis also is in the top 10 in rebounding at 10.9.When the Pelicans (7-13) face off with the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-8) on Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, it will be a battle of the leagues top two scorers. Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is slightly behind Davis at 31.2 ppg.Unfortunately for coach Alvin Gentry, the rest of Pelicans are not matching the pace Davis has set. That includes 2016 first-round pick Buddy Hield.When the Pelicans pay a visit to Oklahoma City, it will be Hields first basketball game back in the state since he led the Oklahoma Sooners to the Final Four last season. He is looking forward to playing in front of his former hometown crowd.Its going to be fun. A college atmosphere, Hield told Im going to have fun and when I get in, stay locked in and try to help my team get a win.However, Hield is still trying to figure out the pro game. Through 20 games, he is averaging less than seven points and only shooting only 23.7 percent from 3-point range.These days, there is no guarantee Hield will even get into the game.Obviously if the situation is right, I want to try to play him in Oklahoma, Gentry told They deserve to see him play. Thats where his whole fan base and the support hes gotten over the years has been. As a coach, you want to be able to reward guys in situations like that, to put him in a situation where he can play in the game.The Pelicans now face a rested Oklahoma City squad that hasnt played since beating Washington in overtime Wednesday. And while its been Westbrooks four straight triple doubles that have gotten most of the headlines, the improved play of Jerami Grant has really been a key to the Thunders four-game win streak.Coming off the bench, Grants ability to play defense on a variety of positions has helped strengthen what had been a major weakness.I dont think people understand how hard his transition coming here has been because hes had to learn a position at the four, a position at the three and on defense, Thunder coach Billy Donovan told Thats hard, especially in pick and roll coverage. Sometimes hes switching and sometimes hes in normal coverage, His IQ has helped him with the adjustment.Like every front line player for the Thunder, Grant will see time guarding Davis. Because he can score from all over the court, it is going to put tremendous pressure on Oklahoma Citys defense to keep him from putting up big numbers on both ends of the court.Its a little bit of everything, Anthony Morrow said of the Thunder defense. Overall its just guys paying attention to detail and just sticking with the process overall. Every game is different, but we understand that when were on the same page, everybody is working towards that same goal defensively and the defense is on a string, thats when we know were at our best. Tyrod Taylor Jersey .com) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to halt their longest losing streak of the season when they host the struggling New York Islanders in tonights clash at the Bell Centre. Josh Gordon Jersey . You can watch the game live on TSN at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. The Flyers had won seven of eight before dropping their last two outings on consecutive days over the weekend. Philadelphia was handed a 6-3 loss by the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday afternoon before dropping a 4-1 decision to the Rangers the following night in New York City. . Andreas Johnson had a goal and two assists while Jacob de la Rose also scored for Sweden (2-0-0). Esa Lindell and Rasmus Ristolainen replied for Finland (1-1-0) Lindell opened the scoring for Finland just 41 seconds into the game, but the hosts quickly regained their composure and tied the score less than four minutes later on Wennbergs first of the game. SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A new coach, a new arena and a new attitude. The Sacramento Kings hope these qualities can help transform a losing franchise into a winning one.DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and Rudy Gay added 28 and the Kings defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-103 on Saturday night.Down as many as 18 points and playing lethargic basketball that was somewhat typical of the past few seasons, the Kings played inspired basketball in the second half when they outscored the Timberwolves 52-38 to win their second game of the season.Its definitely a different attitude this year and a different locker room, reserve guard Ben McLemore said. We have older veterans on this team who have been to the playoffs. They have been in a position like we were in tonight. We hung in there and played well when it mattered most.One of those veterans is Matt Barnes, who played last season in Memphis under Dave Joerger, now the Kings coach. Barnes had 12 points and nine assists and played tough defense throughout the game.Following a listless first half, the Kings gained control in the third, running off 17 straight points to take the lead. The suddenly cold Timberwolves shot 3 for 12 in the third when they were outscored 31-12 and trailed 85-77 heading into the fourth.Just defense and energy, said Barnes, explaining the third-quarter turnaround. Youve got to be locked in for 48 minutes, you cant pick and choose when you want to play defense. We got hit in the face (in the first half) and just played bad basketball.McLemore had 13 points for the Kings, who won for the first time at new Golden 1 Center. And the Kings hung on to the victory despite losing Cousins, who picked up two fouls in the games final minute and fouled out.Andrew Wiggins scored 29 points for the Timberwolves, who are off to an 0-2 start under new coach Tom Thibodeau. Zach Levine had three 3-pointers and 21 points while Karl Anthony-TTowns had 15 points and Gorgui Dieng had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Denzel Ward Jersey. The third quarter was a problem. A big problem, Thibodeau said. So we got to look at the film to see what the issues were. Weve got to be tougher.A putback by Towns got Minnesota within 105-103. After regaining possession following a jump ball with 7.5 seconds left, Wiggins misfired on a jumper and Barnes corralled the rebound and made one of two free throws to end the game.Gay put the Kings ahead by two with a jumper and Ty Lawson connected on a corner 3 for a 105-100 lead with 1:10 remaining.BIG QUARTERNow in his fourth season, McLemore has suffered through some tough times, seeing his playing time continually decrease due in part to erratic shooting.After being stripped twice late in Thursdays game by Kawhi Leonard in a loss to San Antonio, McLemore delivered in the fourth quarter against Minnesota. He made two big 3-pointers and scored nine points in the fourth.He was very impressive, Joerger said. He had a tough game the other night and it didnt break him. Thats what pro basketball is -- theres always going to be another night.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Last season the Timberwolves beat the Kings in all four games and they were 4-3 in the previous seven games in Sacramento. . Wiggins had 13 points and the Timberwolves shot 67 percent in leading 34-24 after one quarter.Kings: Cousins picked up his first technical late in the second quarter following his objection to an obvious personal foul. ... A Minnesota assistant last season, Bryan Gates is a Kings assistant coach. ... San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Erik Armstead was among the sellout crowd.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host Memphis on Tuesday in their home opener.Kings: At Atlanta on Monday for the first of five straight road games. Cheap Adidas Hockey Jerseys Wholesale College Jerseys Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Baseball Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Nike NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Soccer Jerseys China Cheap NCAA Jerseys ChinaStitched NFL Jerseys Cheap Custom Jerseys China Cheap Basketball Jerseys Authentic NFL Jerseys China Cheap College Jerseys Wholesale Football Jerseys ' ' '