The Pelicans won back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month as they went into Minnesota and outlasted the Timberwolves 92-84 on Friday night.
Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon led the offensive attack for the Pelicans in the win. Davis finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and two steals while Gordon totaled 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting from the floor to go along with five assists. Tyreke Evans added 17 points, eight assists and two steals while Dante Cunningham chipped in with 14 points and five rebounds.
Thaddeus Young led six Timberwolves in double figures with 15 points while Gorgui Dieng and Mo Williams each had a double-double. Dieng put up 14 points and 15 rebounds while Williams managed 12 points and 10 assists. Nikola Pekovic added 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocks while Andrew Wiggins had 13 points.
Jimmer Fredette saw his second straight DNP-coaches decision in the win even though the Pelicans were without the services of Ryan Anderson to space the floor. Monty Williams used Nate Wolters ( five points, two rebounds, an assist and two turnovers in 14 minutes) and Quincy Pondexter (four points, two rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 29 minutes) to back up Evans and Gordon.
The back-to-back DNP’s come as somewhat of a surprise since Fredette had produced quite nicely when given the opportunity. In his last four appearances, he averaged 8.5 points on 56 percent shooting from the floor and 83.3 percent shooting from the free-throw line. He also contributed 2.25 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 17 minutes a game.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a visit from Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.