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CHICAGO - Anthony Davis made several long jumpers from the top of the key. Zach Duke Indians Jersey . He put the ball on the ground and drove to the basket. He protected the lane for New Orleans, gliding to the rim for several big rebounds and blocked shots.Davis return to Chicago was one impressive show.The 6-foot-10 power forward was outstanding in his first NBA game in his hometown, finishing with 29 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots in the Pelicans 107-100 loss to the surging Bulls on Saturday night.Playing in front of several family members and friends, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 draft showed no signs of any jitters or nerves.It was another scary display for the rest of the league, the type of monster performance that is coming with increasing frequency this season. Davis is averaging 24.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and three blocked shots per game — all team highs and better numbers than he had in his first two years. And he is just 21 years old.As he gets stronger and his mind develops, he is going to be an even better player, Pelicans coach Monty Williams said.The player that showed up at the United Center on Saturday night had the Bulls shaking their heads with respect. It was Davis sixth game of at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots; he accomplished that feat five times all of last season.He is a great player, and great well beyond his years, said Joakim Noah, the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year who guarded Davis for part of the night. I thought that for somebody to come in, playing in front of your hometown, usually theres some anxiety. I just saw a lot of composure from him tonight.Davis grew up on Chicagos South Side and led Kentucky to the national championship in his only season with the Wildcats. He had a mild concussion when New Orleans visited Chicago during his rookie year, and he broke his left hand before the Pelicans road game against the Bulls last December.Davis played at the United Center in August with the U.S. national team and scored 20 points in a 95-78 victory over Brazil in a tuneup for the Basketball World Cup.He put up more big numbers in his first pro game at the longtime home of the Bulls, but was disappointed with the outcome.I just want to win, he said. I could have had 50 (points) and we lose, it really doesnt matter, cause it doesnt mean anything.Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau got a closer look at Davis when he worked alongside Williams on Mike Krzyzewskis staff for the U.S. national team last summer. Davis played a key role as Team USA won gold in Spain.He had a great year last year and you could see how highly motivated he was throughout the entire summer, Thibodeau said. The way he practiced, the way he worked with Monty before and after practice, the way he worked with their strength coach, you know you could see how important it was to him, and just the way he played with Team USA. I thought he was phenomenal last year, and I thought he was even better in the summer.Davis was a guard growing up, and then moved inside when he had a big growth spurt in high school. The result is a matchup nightmare.In one sequence in the first quarter against the Bulls, he blocked a shot by Pau Gasol, and then used a spin move to set up a nifty left-handed layup. He used a couple dribbles to get open for a face-up jumper in the second period. And he just kept going, all night long.He can make plays, and hes real hungry, and thats probably the biggest thing, Thibodeau said. You can see, very intelligent, driven, and those types of guys, when you combine that with his overall talent, its scary to think what hes going to become.Davis is just looking for some wins. Even with Davis fast start, New Orleans was just 15-15 heading into Tuesday nights home game against Phoenix.But the Pelicans have at least one big reason to believe they are on the right track, with the improving Davis leading the way.Hes the best, and hes a special person, Williams said before the game in Chicago. This city should be proud.___Jay Cohen can be reached at Omar Vizquel Indians Jersey . A 23-year-old rookie, Stroman is 4-2 with a 3.44 earned run average in 12 games this season, the past seven of those being starts. He logged the first scoreless outing of his career on Friday versus Oakland in a no-decision. Brad Miller Jersey .com) - It may just be the right place and the right opponent for the Detroit Red Wings to snap their longest losing streak of the season. .com) - The New York Islanders will try to solve their issues against Central Division opponents when they visit the Minnesota Wild for Tuesdays battle at Xcel Energy Center.MILWAUKEE -- It was just like old times for Rick Barnes and Texas. The Longhorns made a successful return to the NCAA tournament when Cameron Ridley converted a tiebreaking layup as time expired Thursday night, lifting his team to an 87-85 victory over Arizona State. Jonathan Holmes missed badly on a long 3-pointer for the Longhorns in the final seconds, but Ridley emerged from the scrum and banked it in as the buzzer sounded. The call stood after a video replay, handing Texas its first tourney win since 2011. "I went to the glass as hard as I could," Ridley said. Ridley finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the seventh-seeded Longhorns (24-10), who led by 14 with 12 minutes left. Freshman reserve Martez Walker had 16 points and Demarcus Holland scored 14 on 6-for-6 shooting from the field. "It was a great, great college basketball game and I thought it was really very unfortunate that either team had to lose this game," Barnes said. "We were fortunate. ... We didnt have great execution at the end but we found a way to make a couple plays." Texas will face No. 2 seed Michigan Saturday. The Wolverines advanced with a 57-40 victory over Wofford. Jordan Bachynski had 25 points and seven rebounds for No. 10 seed Arizona State (21-12), which was making its first tournament appearance since 2009. Jahii Carson had 19 points and nine assists, and Jermaine Marshall added 17 points and seven rebounds. "Its a tough one, its a tough way to end the game and end my career," Bachynski said. Texas went to the NCAA tournament in each of Barnes first 14 seasons, making it to the 2003 Final Four. But last season was a disaster for the Longhorns, who went 16-18 and lost in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational. Barnes lost three starters from that team, but Holmes and Ridley returned, and the Lonnghorns were determined to turn it around after the disappointing finish. Jose Ramirez Jersey. They stumbled a bit heading into the tournament, losing five of eight, but they stepped up at the most critical time against the Sun Devils. Holmes made two free throws to give Texas a 61-47 lead with 12:11 to go, and the Longhorns looked ready to blow out the Sun Devils. ASU then scored 17 of the next 22 points, trimming the deficit to two on Jonathan Gillings 3-pointer with 8:15 left. Arizona State had an 83-82 lead when Holmes grabbed an air ball by Javan Felix and scored while being fouled by Gilling. He made the resulting foul shot with 32 seconds to go. Gilling made two free throws on the other end, setting up the frantic finish. Gilling had four 3-pointers and 15 points for the Sun Devils, who lost their last four games of the season. "They just keep playing, theyve been a next-play, next-game team all season," Arizona State coach Herb Sendek said. "I can tell you right now its a very emotional, heartbroken locker room." The battle of at-large teams in the Midwest Regional featured a pair of coaches with a long history together. Barnes first met Herb Sendek at a 1978 basketball camp at the University of Pittsburgh, and Barnes had Sendek on his staff for one season when he was in charge at Providence. They also coached against each other for years in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Their only other meeting in the NCAA tournament occurred in 2006, when Texas beat North Carolina State 75-54 in the round of 32. Both teams got off to fast starts, with Bachynskis jumper for Arizona State tying it at 21 with 12:32 to go. But Texas responded with a 9-0 run, beginning with Walkers two free throws and ending with Walkers 3 from the wing. Walker added a layup with 31 seconds left to help the Longhorns to a 41-36 halftime lead. ' ' '

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