Pelicans forward Anthony Davis dislocated pinky during Wednesday victory against Golden State _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis looks at his hand next to coach Monty Williams while playing in a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday at the Smoothie King Center.

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Pelicans foward Anthony Davis played through a dislocated his pinky finger during Wednesday’s crucial victory over San Antonio, which sent the team to the Western Conference playoffs.

The injury occured during the game. Davis received quick treatment on the pinky from a trainer, and then he got a pep talk from teammate Tyreke Evans. Evans asked him if he wanted to sit out the rest of the game or get back into the game and help the team make the playoffs.

Davis chose the later and made key shots in the fourth quarter as the Pelicans went on to beat the defending champion Spurs 108-103 to earn the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2011.

Davis had 31 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots, scored a key basket down the stretch and ripped down three big rebounds as the Spurs threatened to pull out a victory or send the game into overtime.