Jimmer Fredette had his biggest scoring of the season as the Pelicans went into San Antonio and beat the defending champion Spurs 100-99 on Saturday night.
Anthony Davis was the catalyst for New Orleans with another big effort on both sides of the floor. He registered 27 points on 10 of 17 shooting from the floor to go along with 11 rebounds, six blocks and four steals. The Pelicans also got a double-double from Jrue Holiday who finished with 15 points and 11 assists as well as three rebounds and three steals. Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon chipped in with 18 and 14 points respectively.
Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs with 28 points on 11 of 18 shooting while grabbing three rebounds and handing out four helpers. San Antonio got solid contributions from Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan who each finished with a double-double. Leonard went for 14 points and 14 rebounds while Duncan came away with 11 points and 10 boards.
Fredette had his best regular scoring output since coming to New Orleans, but that wasn’t tough to do since he had scored all of two points the entire season to this point. In 10:09 of action, he tallied four points on 2 of 4 shooting from the floor, including a pretty step back jumper early in the fourth quarter. He also came away with a rebound for the 3-2 Pelicans.
Up next for Fredette and New Orleans is a trip to Cleveland to take on LeBron James and the new-look Cavaliers.