In the return of Jimmer Fredette to Sacramento, the Pelicans turned a huge third quarter into a 106-100 win on Tuesday night. After trailing by nine at the break, New Orleans outscored the Kings 31 to 15 in the third before holding on for the hard-fought victory.
Anthony Davis led the way with 28 points on 11 of 19 shooting, as well as nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Tyreke Evans also had a solid night against the team that drafted him with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. They were joined in double figures by Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon. Anderson registered 22 points on 9 of 17 shooting while Gordon tallied 17 points on 3 of 6 shooting from deep.
DeMarcus Cousins led five Kings in double digits with 24 points to go along with 17 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Darren Collison also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists. Rudy Gay and Jason Thompson each contributed 15 points in the loss while Omri Casspi added 13 points off the bench.
There was no doubt that Jimmer had something to prove in his first matchup against the Sacramento Kings since they cut him during the 2013-14 season. Unfortunately, Fredette didn’t get the chance to inflict any damage on his former team with his third DNP in four games. So far this season, he is averaging 2.8 points and .8 assists in 11.7 minutes a night.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a couple of days off before they face the Denver Nuggets.