The New Orleans Pelicans used an impressive shooting performance from the outside to overcome the absence of Anthony Davis as they knocked off the Los Angeles Clippers 108-103 on Friday night. Even though the Pelicans shot just 36-for-86 from the floor, they hit on 13-of-25 shots from beyond the arc to secure the win. The Pelicans also got it done from the free-throw line where they converted on 23-of-26 attempts.
Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson led the way for New Orleans in the victory. Gordon finished with 28 points on 10-for-20 shooting from the floor, including 5-for-7 from distance to go along with seven assists while Anderson contributed 24 points on 5-of-11 shooting from 3-point land as well as nine rebounds. Alexis Ajinca and Tyreke Evans also had solid outings against the Clippers. Ajinca totaled 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks while Evans added 11 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. Dante Cunningham chipped in with eight points and 12 rebounds as the Pelicans improved to 25-22 on the season.
Chris Paul led six Clippers in double figures with 24 points, eight rebounds seven assists and three steals. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan also provided a spark in the loss. Griffin finished with 19 points and seven rebounds while Jordan had 12 points, 15 boards and three blocks. Jamal Crawford added 15 points while J.J. Redick and Austin Rivers chipped in with 12 and 10 points respectively.
Jimmer Fredette didn’t get very many minutes, but when he was on the floor he was productive. In 5:56 of playing time, he totaled seven points on 1-for-1 shooting from the floor and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. He did all of his damage in the second half, including three free-throws after he got fouled on a 3-point shot just before the third quarter ended. He added his only field goal of the game with a jumper in the lane on the Pelicans’ first possession of the fourth quarter. His last two points on the night came on a pair of clutch free-throws with 17.9 seconds remaining to give New Orleans a 5-point lead.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a matchup with th Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.