The Denver Nuggets used an impressive team shooting performance and a balanced attack to dismantled the New Orleans Pelicans 117-97 on Friday night. The Nuggets made 43 of 82 shots from the field (52.4 percent), including 11 of 24 from beyond the arc (45.8 percent) as they outscored the Pelicans in every quarter on the way to the easy win.
Kenneth Faried led the way for Denver with 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and a pair of assists. Arron Afflalo also finished with 19 points while Wilson Chandler added 18 points, five rebounds and two blocks. The Nuggets got some excellent bench help as Danilo Gallinari and JaVale McGee did plenty of work. Gallinari scored 17 points on 5 of 7 shooting from the floor while McGee added 14 points on a perfect shooting night to go along with eight boards and two blocks.
Anthony Davis was the catalyst for New Orleans in the loss with 18 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Five other Pelicans scored in double figures, including Eric Gordon who had 13 points as well as four rebounds and three assists. Jrue Holiday and Alexis Ajinca added a dozen points a piece while Ryan Anderson and Tyreke Evans each finished with 10.
Even though the Pelicans played 11 men in the loss, Jimmer Fredette wasn’t one of the them. That marks the third consecutive game that he hasn’t made an appearance and makes one wonder how many minutes are forthcoming if he can’t see any garbage time in a blowout loss.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a trip to Utah to face the Jazz on Saturday night.