The New Orleans Pelicans suffered more than just a loss in the 107-72 setback to the Chicago Bulls in the Smoothie King Center on Saturday night.
Anthony Davis fell awkwardly after he finished an alley-oop dunk midway through the second quarter. He stayed in the game momentarily before returning to the locker room to get looked at. He never returned and a tight contest turned into a blowout.
The Bulls won going away thanks to a huge second half performance that saw them outscore the Pelicans 59-33. Pau Gasol and Derrick Rose led a balanced offensive attack in the victory. Gasol finished with 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting from the floor as well as 15 rebounds, four assists and three blocks while Rose had 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting with four assists. Jimmy Butler and Tony Snell also came up big for Chicago. Butler totaled 18 points, five assists and four rebounds while Snell added 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting, including 5-for-6 from 3-point land.
Tyreke Evans paced the Pelicans with 15 points on 7-for-12 shooting with four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Alexis Ajinca added 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting with four boards. Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon struggled mightily in the loss. Anderson totaled four points on 1-for-11 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-5 from distance while Gordon had three points on 1-for-10 shooting from the field.
Jimmer Fredette saw 19:36 of action in the loss and had seven points on 3-for-8 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-3 from distance and 1-for-1 from the charity stripe. He added a rebound and a steal as the Pelicans fell to 27-24 on the season.
He did most of his damage in the second quarter when the game was still close. He scored his first basket after he blew by Aaron Brooks off the bounce and took it right at Taj Gibson for a lay up. His second score came on a 3-point play only moments later. He came off a curl and knocked down a free-throw line jumper and drew contact from Gibson. He made the free-throw to give New Orleans a 35-33 lead. His last bucket came in the fourth quarter on a midrange jumper when the game was no longer in doubt.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a matchup with the Utah Jazz on Monday night.