The Pelicans used some strong play from an unusual tandem as they outlasted the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-114 on Friday night. With Anthony Davis on the sideline after just 6:30 of action, it was Tyreke Evans and Ryan Anderson who stepped up to carry New Orleans to victory. Evans had 31 points on 13 of 24 shooting from the floor to go along with 10 assists while Anderson contributed 30 points on 8 of 14 shooting from beyond the arc. Jrue Holiday also had a solid showing with 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting as well as eight assists.
LeBron James did most of the damage for the Cavaliers in the loss. He had 41 points on 17 of 24 shooting to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Kevin Love put up 21 points on the strength of a 10 for 11 night from the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. Kyrie Irving chipped in with 17 points and seven assists while Anderson Varejao added 11 points and seven boards.
Fredette played 6:36 during the first and second quarter and had his best shooting night of the season so far. He recorded four points on 2 of 3 shooting from the floor, including a pair of made lay ups. His only miss came on a deep 3-point attempt just seconds after his two baskets. He also added a rebound as the Pelicans improved to 11-11.
Up next for Fredette and New Orleans is a matchup with the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.