The New Orleans Pelicans got off to a fast start and never looked back as they destroyed the Houston Rockets 111-83 on Friday night. The Pelicans held the Rockets to 35 of 88 shooting (39.8 percent) from the field, including 6 of 29 (20.7 percent) from the 3-point line to improve to 17-16 on the season.
Ryan Anderson and Tyreke Evans led the way for New Orleans in the win. Anderson finished with 22 points on 9 of 14 shooting from the field, including 3 of 6 from beyond the arc while Evans added 21 points on 10 of 15 shooting to go along with five assists and four rebounds. Dante Cunningham added 13 points and three steals off the bench while Omer Asik chipped in with nine points and 11 rebounds.
Dwight Howard and Corey Brewer paced the Rockets in the loss. Howard totaled 12 points on 6 of 8 shooting from the floor and five rebounds while Brewer added 12 points of his own. James Harden chipped in with 11 points while Donatas Motiejunas registered 10 points and six boards.
Jimmer Fredette played 20:52 and had his third solid showing in a row. He scored in double figures for the second consecutive game with 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting from the floor, including 1 of 4 from distance. He also continued his perfect season from the free-throw line by making his only attempt to go along with two assists and a steal.
Fredette saw action in all four quarters, but had the bulk of his offensive production in the fourth with seven points on two lay-ups, a midrange jumper and a technical free-throw. His only other basket came on a 3-point shot midway through the second quarter.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a matchup with the Washington Wizards on Monday night.