Anthony Davis saved the New Orleans Pelicans from a devastating meltdown by hitting a deep three as time expired to outlast the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-113 on Friday night in Chesapeake Energy Arena.
New Orleans made some costly mistakes down the stretch that gave the Thunder a chance to push the game to overtime before the heroics from Davis. The Pelicans missed three free-throws, had a brutal turnover that gave Kevin Durant an easy look to take the lead and then had Quincy Pondexter foul Russell Westbrook on a 3-point shot with 1.2 seconds remaining trailing by three.
The game winner capped off a huge game for Davis. He finished with 41 points on 15-for-23 shooting from the floor while making all 10 of his attempts from the free-throw line. He added 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Tyreke Evans also had a monster performance with 22 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds. Ryan Anderson added 17 points, four rebounds and two blocks while Pondexter chipped in with 15 points.
Westbrook had a career game in the loss. He registered 48 points on 15-of-28 shooting from the floor and 15-of-15 from the free-throw line. He also contributed 11 assists, nine rebounds and four steals. Kevin Durant returned to the lineup and managed 27 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Steven Adams and Serge Ibaka added 10 points a piece as the Thunder fell to 25-25 on the year.
Jimmer Fredette saw 6:42 on action in the win and had four points on 2-for-4 shooting from the field as well as two rebounds and an assist. Both of his baskets came in the second quarter where he got most of his minutes. The first came after he grabbed the offensive rebound on his own missed jumper and took it to the rim for a lay up. He followed that up with a midrange jumper in the lane to cut the Thunder lead to 37-36.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a visit from the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.