The New Orleans Pelicans used a dominating second quarter performance to knock off the streaking Detroit Pistons 105-94 on Wednesday night. The Pelicans outscored the Pistons 36-18 in the second stanza to turn a 4-point lead at the quarter into a 22-point halftime cushion.
Anthony Davis led the way for New Orleans with 27 points on 11 of 18 shooting from the floor to go along with 10 rebounds and four blocks. Tyreke Evans and Ryan Anderson also played well in the win. Evans finished with 18 points, nine assists and eight rebounds while Anderson contributed 17 points off the bench. Omer Asik added eight points and 13 rebounds while Eric Gordon chipped in with 12 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Brandon Jennings and Greg Monroe did most of the damage for the Pistons in the loss. Jennings totaled 19 points on the strength of a 9 for 10 shooting night from the free-throw line while Monroe registered 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists. D.J. Augustin added 13 points and four assists while Jodie Meeks chipped in with 11.
Jimmer Fredette played 18:50 in the win and came away with eight points on 3 of 8 shooting from the floor, including 2 of 2 from the free-throw line as well as a rebound.
Although his numbers don’t blow you away, Fredette showed flashes of brilliance and was a huge reason why the game turned into a lopsided affair in the second quarter. With the Pelicans leading 26-22 he went to work. His first basket came on a pretty spin move to get into the lane before he finished with a floater. He followed that up with a 3-point play after he created contact and knocked down a fade away jumper. Two possessions later he finished another tough 3-point play after drawing contact from D.J. Augustin while knocking down a midrange jumper. All told, Jimmer scored all eight of his points in a 2-minute stretch to give New Orleans a big lead.
Up next for Jimmer and the Pelicans is a matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.
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