DeMarcus Cousins carries load as New Orleans Pelicans down Detroit Pistons, 112-109

Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins, center, passes the ball to a teammate against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, left, and forward Tobias Harris in the second half Monday in New Orleans. (AP photo)

AP Sports Writer
NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins scored 16 of his 20 points after Anthony Davis left with an ankle injury in the third quarter, and the New Orleans Pelicans held off the Detroit Pistons 112-109 on Monday night.
Rajon Rondo capped a 12-point, 15-assist performance with two transition layups in the last 1:21 to help secure a victory the Pelicans needed to restore morale after a listless blowout loss in Minnesota.
Davis dominated before he left with 4:41 remaining in the third, scoring 30 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. He walked to the locker room, favoring his right ankle, and never returned.
Cousins, who also had 10 rebounds, picked up the slack, and E’Twaun Moore finished with 23 points.
Tobias Harris scored 25 points and Avery Bradley had 24 for the Pistons, who’ve lost three of four. Andre Drummond, who missed two of Detroit’s previous three games, had 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Drummond converted alley-oop and driving dunks in the last 1:04, pulling the Pistons within 111-109 with 39 seconds left. But Bradley missed a 21-footer with 11 seconds remaining and also was off the mark with a 3 that could have tied it after Holiday missed one of two free throws with 5 seconds left.