Until Friday night, New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon had shown signs of durability, missing just four games and not having any knee injury setbacks like he endured the previous two seasons.

But Gordon injured his left knee during the first quarter in Friday night’s 111-105 victory against the Atlanta Hawks and did not return. After the game, Monty Williams said Gordon suffered from a flare up of tendinitis in his left knee and he may return on Saturday night when the Pelicans play the two-time defending champion Miami Heat at the Smoothie King Center.

But the Pelicans (28-40) had enough firepower to withstand not having Gordon, though the Hawks (31-36) came in on a five-game winning streak and are desperate to hold the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

After missing Wednesday’s game against Toronto with an upper respiratory infection, forward Anthony Davis returned to form and scored 34 points. It was Davis' seventh consecutive game scoring 28 or more points, a franchise record. Davis made 11 of 19 shots and grabbed 11 rebounds.

''We pulled it out and that's all that matters,'' Davis said. ''Guys stepped up and that's what we need.''

Davis said he hasn't completely recovered from his upper respiratory infection, but he's pushing to not miss anymore games.

The Pelicans had been struggling to close out games effectively, but they made their push in the fourth quarter after trailing 71-69. The Pelicans scored 42 points in the quarter and swingman Tyreke Evans finished with 21, guard Brian Roberts had 16 and forward Luke Babbitt came off the bench and scored eight of his 11 points in the fourth quarter.

''We just continued to fight,'' Babbitt said. ''I think early in the fourth quarter we went on a little run. We went with a different lineup and we some space so guys had driving lanes.

Rivers mostly played off the ball, while Evans initiated the offense for stretches in the fourth quarter. With that combination, New Orleans took a 72-71 lead early in the fourth quarter and didn't relinquish it after taking advantage of a 12-0 run that began late in the third quarter.

The Pelicans led by as much as 10 twice in the fourth quarter before the Hawks made a late push behind guard Jeff Teague. The Hawks cut the Pelicans' lead to 109-105 after Teague made a driving layup with 19 seconds remaining. Teague scored 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, but the Pelicans closed out the game with Davis making two foul shots with 18 seconds remaining.