Anthony Davis' NBA debut was a big one.
The rookie center from Kentucky and No. 1 overall draft pick scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked one shot, but the New Orleans Hornets were edged 99-95 by a veteran-laden San Antonio Spurs squad.
Davis made two free throws to give New Orleans a 95-94 lead with 1:08 to play, but the Spurs scored the game's final five points to claim the victory.
Davis was 6-of-12 from the field and 9-for-9 at the free throw line in 29 minutes of action. He went head-to-head with future NBA Hall of Famer Tim Duncan in his first pro game.
Fellow UK draft pick Darius Miller had three points, one rebound, two assists and two steals in 14 minutes of action off the Hornets' bench.
OTHER EX-CATS IN ACTION:
* Four former UK players were in the building for Houston's 105-96 win over Detroit, but Patrick Patterson and Terrence Jones did not see any playing time for the Rockets. Patterson is recovering from an injury, and Jones did not play due to the coach's decision. Brandon Knight and Tayshawn Prince had 15 and 12 points, respectively, for the Pistons.
* DeMarcus Cousins, Chuck Hayes, Nazr Mohammed and Marquis Teague squared off in Chicago's 93-87 win over Sacramento. Mohammed had two points, one rebound and one blocked shot for the winning Bulls, but Teague did not see any action for Chicago. Cousins had 14 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots for the Kings. Hayes added two points, three rebounds and three assists for Sacramento.
* Enes Kanter scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds in a productive 14 minutes of action off the bench in the Utah Jazz' 113-94 win over the Dallas Mavericks.
* Eric Bledsoe was 5-of-8 from the field, scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists in the L.A. Clippers' 101-92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
* Jodie Meeks scored three points and made his only 3-point attempt in the Lakers' 116-110 loss to Portland.
Davis shines in NBA debut
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