The Charlotte Hornets used a strong second half performance to knock off the New Orleans Pelicans 98-94 on Wednesday night. The Hornets climbed out of a 7-point halftime deficit by outscoring the Pelicans 57-46 to secure the home win.
Kemba Walker led the way for Charlotte with 31 points on 12 of 24 shooting to go along with four rebounds and four assists. Gerald Henderson had a solid all-around performance with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also had a nice night with 13 points, 12 rebounds and three assists.
Anthony Davis carried the load for the Pelicans in the loss with 32 points on 15 of 24 shooting from the floor as well as 12 rebounds and four blocks. Jrue Holiday also made big contributions with 16 points, nine assists, six rebounds, two steals and a pair of blocks. Eric Gordon chipped in with 14 points, four assists and two blocks while Tyreke Evans finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Jimmer Fredette got the backup guard minutes instead of Austin Rivers and didn’t have his best showing. In 10:05 of action, he scored five points on 1 of 4 shooting from the floor, including 1 of 2 from 3-point land and 2 for 2 from the free-throw line. He added two rebounds, two assists and a steal, but also recorded three turnovers.
The most eventful stretch of the night for Fredette came in the second quarter after he missed a midrange jumper. He got a steal off Gerald Henderson, but missed the ensuing shot. He followed that by grabbing the offensive rebound, only to turn the ball over on a bad pass. His only field goal of the game came on a corner-3 off a pass from Eric Gordon early in the fourth quarter.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.