The New Orleans Pelicans overcame a brutal third quarter, thanks to a late basket from Tyreke Evans to outlast the Toronto Raptors 95-93 on Sunday afternoon. After a 14-point halftime lead, the Pelicans were outscored 35-14 in the third to find themselves in a 7-point hole heading into the final quarter.
Evans and Alexis Ajinca led the way for New Orleans in the win. Evans finished with 26 points on 9 of 14 shooting from the floor with five rebounds and five assists while Ajinca had 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Eric Gordon had 14 points, five assists and five rebounds while Omer Asik added 11 points and nine boards.
DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 22 points while Lou Williams chipped in with 17 points in 21 minutes. Greivis Vasquez added 16 points and nine assists while Amir Johnson totaled 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Jimmer Fredette had another solid showing as New Orleans improved to 20-20 on the season. He finished seven points on 3 of 6 shooting from the floor, including a make on his only 3-point attempt of the game. He added two assists and a rebound in 16:26 of action.
His first basket of the game came as time was about to expire in the first quarter when he hit a deep jumper on an assist from Nate Wolters. He followed that up with a jumper in the lane late in the third quarter before adding a 3-point shot early in the fourth.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a trip to New York to face the Knicks on Monday.