One man band: Davis scores 50, Pelicans fall in opener to Denver

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 26: Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Denver Nuggets shoots over Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on October 26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Denver won the game 107-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

On opening night, Anthony Davis did all he could. It was not enough.

Davis scored 50 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, had 5 assists, 7 steals, and 4 blocks but the Pelicans fell to Denver 107-102 at the Smoothie King Center Wednesday night.

Davis was 17 of 34 from the field. The rest of the Pelicans were a combined 21 of 58 shooting.

Rookie first round pick Buddy Hield struggled. He scored 4 points on 2 for 8 shooting, including 0 for 3 from the three point line.

The Nuggets led by as many as 14 on two free throws by Kenneth Faried with 39 seconds to play in the first half.

The Pelicans closed to within two 100-98 late in the fourth quarter.

Jusuf Nurkic scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Denver.

The Pelicans host defending Western Conference champion Golden State Friday night for national TV. Game time is 8:30 pm.