The return of Anthony Davis was too much for Los Angeles to handle as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Lakers 96-80 on Wednesday night.
Davis led the way for New Orleans in the win with 29 points on 11 of 18 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, four blocks and three steals. Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans also made nice contributions. Gordon finished with 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting as well as 10 assists and five rebounds while Evans put up 19 points, four rebounds and four helpers. Quincy Pondexter added 12 points while Omer Asik chipped in with six points and 10 rebounds.
Jordan Hill paced Los Angeles on a difficult shooting night for the Lakers. He registered 15 points on 7 of 14 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds. Kobe Bryant added 14 points and seven rebounds while Wayne Ellington came off the bench with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.
The second half of the season didn’t start well for Jimmer Fredette who got a DNP- coaches decision on the night. Monty Williams decided to use newly acquired Nate Wolters and Pondexter for all the backup guard play instead of Fredette even though he had played well as of late. It was the 14th time in 42 games that he hasn’t played.
On the season, Fredette is averaging 3.8 points, 1.2 assists and 0.7 rebounds in 11.3 minutes a night.
Up next for Jimmer and the Pelicans is a Friday night matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves.