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Performance of the Week

Anthony Davis | New Orleans Pelicans: 116, Oklahoma City Thunder: 113
After falling to the Thunder 102-91 in New Orleans on February 4, the Pels were seeking revenge when they traveled to the Sooner State a short two days later. Not only did Davis pour in 41 points and grab 10 rebounds in the rematch, but the 6-foot-10 former collegiate national player of the year nailed his first 3-point field goal of the season, by way of a game-winning 30-foot double-clutch jumper over Kevin Durant at the buzzer.


Cats in the Spotlight

Eric Bledsoe | #2 PG | Phoenix Suns (29-23)
Over three games in the first week of February, Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points, 6.0 assists and 5.3 rebounds per contest. Though the Suns dropped two straight to the Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers, respectively, Phoenix ended the week on a high note with a 100-93 victory over the Utah Jazz.

DeMarcus Cousins | #15 C | Sacramento Kings (17-32)
Despite three consecutive losses by the woeful Kings, Cousins still managed to produce 25.3 PPG and 10.7 RPG weekly averages. The Mobile, Ala. native also made his mark on the defensive end of the floor, averaging 2.7 blocks (1.0 greater than his season average) through the week's three contests.

Anthony Davis | #23 PF | New Orleans Pelicans (27-24)

Besides his memorable 41-point, 10-rebound performance in his second game with OKC in one week, Davis recorded 29 points and 13 rebounds in NOLA's streak-snapping win over the Atlanta Hawks, as well as 23 points and eight rebounds in the loss to the Thunder. However, in the Pelicans' 107-72 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, Davis sprained his shoulder during the fall from a successful slam dunk. "The Brow's" injury status is day-to-day.

Enes Kanter | #0 C | Utah Jazz (18-33)
Kanter recorded two double-doubles in four starting efforts for the youthful Utah Jazz. Scoring at least 16 points in every game but one, the 22-year-old Turkish big man also averaged 9.0 RPG on the week. The Jazz lost three straight before emerging triumphant over Cousins' Kings on February 7.

Brandon Knight | #11 PG | Milwaukee Bucks (28-23)
After missing February 2 with a sore quadriceps muscle, Knight nearly completed his first career triple-double, with 24 points (on 4 of 7 shooting from downtown and 6 of 6 from the free throw stripe), eight assists and seven rebounds in a 113-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers two days later. Following a 12-point, 11-assist performance in a Feb. 6 defeat at the hands of the Houston Rockets, Knight bounced back with 26 points in the Bucks' 96-93 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

John Wall | #2 PG | Washington Wizards (32-20)
Through four games last week, Wall averaged 18.0 PPG and 9.8 APG, despite only one Washington win. Wall recorded two double-doubles (16 points, 10 assists and 15 points, 13 assists), and flirted with a triple-double (24 points, nine assists, seven rebounds). After three straight losses, the Wiz defeated the Brooklyn Nets 114-77 on February 7.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 12 points and 13 rebounds in UK's 71-69 win over LSU on Tuesday. (Chet White, UK Athletics) Karl-Anthony Towns had 12 points and 13 rebounds in UK's 71-69 win over LSU on Tuesday. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
The way things were going, Kentucky needed a life vest.

The Wildcats, possession by possession, were watching a lead that once reached 13 points disappear, the pivotal play coming when Karl-Anthony Towns hung on the rim too long on a dunk attempt with UK up eight and drew a technical foul.

After that, the Cats were going to have to figure out how to tread water on their own.

"Nope. No timeouts this time," Calipari said. "They're going to learn their lesson on this. We're not losing in March because of a play like that."

In a blink, LSU was on a 16-0 run and UK trailed 66-60. Unbeaten record and all, Coach Cal was fully prepared for the result to go against his team for the first time in 2014-15 so the same wouldn't happen again when a loss would mean the end of the season.

"I hope we lose," Calipari said. "You'll learn. You'll never do - watch this. You don't do stuff like that in a 10-point game. You finish people off."

The Cats, however, weren't about to go along with that.

Instead, No. 1 UK closed on an 11-3 run to move to 24-0 (11-0 Southeastern Conference) and secure a 71-69 win over the Tigers (17-7, 6-5 SEC) in a raucous Maravich Center. LSU failed to score for the final 3:52 in falling short in its upset bid.

"That is what you sign up for when you come to Kentucky," said Willie Cauley-Stein, who had 15 points, seven rebounds and two more SportsCenter Top 10-worth dunks. "They tell you that when they are in your home visiting you, it's going to be a sell-out every night. It's going to be a gold-out, a black-out or a white-out every night. Everyone is going to have t-shirts. That's what it is when you sign up to play here. It's good for us."

UK won the battle on the glass against a big, athletic LSU frontline, 40-35. Fittingly, it was the player who made the mistake that triggered the run that nearly felled the Cats who got the biggest rebound of them all.

After Towns scored with 1:30 left to give UK a one-point lead and LSU committed a turnover, the Cats had the ball and ran down the shot clock. Andrew Harrison tried a jumper and missed, but Towns, refusing to put his head down after his technical, tapped the loose ball to himself and snared it to keep possession.

"I had to let that play go," Towns said. "The biggest thing I was worried about was getting this W. I just had to put my body on the line and do anything I could to get this win. I am glad I was able to come down with the rebound and give my team what they needed."

Devin Booker, who scored 14 points, would get fouled and hit one of two at the line. LSU's Keith Hornsby tried a 3 in the final seconds, but it missed. That loss, even though Calipari was resigned to it, just wouldn't come. Or more appropriately, the Cats - and the player known by shorthand as KAT - wouldn't let it.

"The other thing I'm proud of Karl is he came back and he grew up," Calipari said of Towns, who had 12 points and 13 rebounds. "Big rebound, big steal, big basket. Won the game. Now, I doubt ever in his life will he chin up on a basket. Ever again."

Consider the lesson learned.

"I can't be doing that," Towns said.

Video: Coach Cal's post-LSU press conference

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Video: Towns, Cauley-Stein on UK's win at LSU

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Video: Highlights from UK's 71-69 win at LSU

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Video: Towns, Andrew Harrison on UK's trip to LSU

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