Pelicans’ Anthony Davis exits early with ankle injury

Pelicans All-Star power forward Anthony Davis left Friday night’s game against the Utah Jazz at the Smoothie King Center with an ankle injury and was not slated to return.

Davis was replaced on the court by center Alexis Ajinca at 8:17 of the first quarter. He did not appear to have landed awkwardly nor turn the ankle.

Davis had taken one shot, missing, and did not have a rebound. New Orleans led 10-7 at the time.

When he came out of the game, Davis headed straight for the locker room with head trainer Jon Ishop and did not return to the bench. The team issued a brief statement at the end of the quarter saying Davis had injured the ankle and would not return.

Davis is the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, and he leads the NBA in blocked shots.

The Pelicans entered on a four-game winning streak. But both of their starting guards — Brian Roberts (left knee bone bruise) and Eric Gordon (left knee tendonitis) — are out with injuries, and they are both day-to-day.

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