The New Orleans Pelicans’ starting lineup looked they were ready for the all-star break to begin as they failed to show up in a 106-93 loss to the Indiana Pacers in the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night.
Without the services of Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson, the Pelicans’ starters combined for just 35 points on 11-for-37 shooting from the floor and were manhandled by Indiana. In fact, New Orleans trailed by as many as 33 in the fourth quarter before the backups took over and made the score look more respectable. The starting backcourt of Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans struggled the most as the Pelicans fell to 27-26 on the year. Gordon had six points on 2-for-10 shooting from the floor with two assists while Evans had eight points on 3-for-10 shooting as well as six assists.
The Pacers moved the ball around all night long and got plenty of great looks at the basket in the process (28 assists on 40 field goals). They capitalized by making 53.3 percent of their shots, including 9-of-20 from beyond the arc (45 percent). David West and George Hill led the way in the win. West had 17 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the floor to go along with seven assists, five rebounds and two steals while Hill managed 17 points on the strength of a 4-for-5 shooting night from beyond the arc. He added nine assists, three rebounds and two steals as the Pacers improved to 21-33 on the season. Rodney Stuckey contributed 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting while Solomon Hill chipped in with 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting as well as three rebounds and three assists.
Luke Babbitt led the way for the Pelicans with 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc to go along with eight rebounds. Alexis Ajinca and Toney Douglas also had solid showings in the loss. Ajinca had 14 points and seven rebounds while Douglas put up 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting to go along with a team-high seven assists. Jeff Withey chipped in with 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting with four rebounds.
Jimmer Fredette saw 18:50 of action and had a very productive outing. He totaled nine points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field, including a miss on his only 3-point attempt and 1-for-1 from the free-throw line. He added five assists, a rebound, a steal and was a +12 during his time on the floor.
He saw his first action in the second quarter and got on the board quickly when he got to the rim for a lay up. His next basket came on a 3-point play when he got into the lane and drew contact from C.J. Watson before finishing the jumper. He knocked down the free-throw for his fifth point of the first half.
Fredette played his last eight minutes of the night long after the game had been decided and was a huge part of closing the huge deficit. He made 2-of-4 shot attempts, including a pair of driving lay ups after he attacked the basket. He also managed all five of his assists and a steal of Solomon Hill that led to an assist to Jeff Withey who finished at the rim.
Up next for Jimmer and the Pelicans is a long break for the NBA All-Star weekend before a matchup with the Orlando Magic.