New Orleans had no answer for Russell Westbrook as the Pelicans fell 102-91 to the Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night.
Westbrook tied his career high in scoring as the Thunder picked up the huge road win. He finished with 45 points on 18-for-31 shooting from the floor to go along with six rebounds and six assists. Anthony Morrow and Serge Ibaka also made big contributions as the Thunder improved to 25-24 on the season. Morrow totaled 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting while Ibaka added 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting as well as seven blocks and six rebounds. Dion Waiters chipped in with 12 points, six rebounds and a pair of steals while Steven Adams managed eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson led the way on a miserable shooting night for the Pelicans. Davis finished with 23 points on 9-for-21 shooting from the floor and eight rebounds while Anderson came away with 19 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Tyreke Evans chipped in with 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, but made shot just 5-for-20 from the floor. Backcourt mate Eric Gordon didn’t fare any better with just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting. Quincy Pondexter added 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Jimmer Fredette saw 12:35 of action and registered four points on 2-for-6 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-2 from beyond the arc. He added three assists and two rebounds as the Pelicans dropped to 26-23 on the season. While he didn’t have a great shooting night, he was one of just two Pelicans to have a positive plus/minus on the night with a +4 (Alexis Ajinca was +4 as well).
Fredette scored his first bucket of the game on a jumper in the lane shortly after checking in during the first quarter. His only other made basket came in the fourth quarter when he got into the lane and finished with another short jumper to cut the Thunder lead to 85-84.
Up next for Jimmer and the Pelicans is a return game against the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Friday night.