Jimmer Fredette had the best seat in the house as the Portland Trail Blazers outscored the New Orleans Pelicans 34-13 in the fourth quarter to secure a 102-93 win on Monday night.
Damian Lillard led the way with 24 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two assists as the Blazers improved to 8-3 on the young season. Portland also got productive outings from LaMarcus Aldridge and Chris Kaman. Aldridge finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds while Kaman totaled 15 points and 10 boards in just over 20 minutes off the bench. Former Jazz man Wesley Matthews also scored in double figures with 16 points on 7 of 13 shooting.
New Orleans got a very impressive showing from Anthony Davis who scored a game-high 31 points on 14 of 20 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks. The Pelicans also got a solid all-around game from both Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans even though neither shot the ball well. Holiday finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals while Evans had 13 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Ryan Anderson chipped in with 12 points off the bench.
Even though he has a new coach and a new team, it is the same old story for Fredette. Monday night marked the third time in nine games that he did not play in a game where Evans and Holiday combined to shoot just 10-for-37 from the field, including 1-for-8 from 3-point land.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a game against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.