The New Orleans Pelicans overcame injuries from both Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson as they knocked of the Miami Heat 105-91 on Saturday night. Davis played just nine minutes before re-injuring his shoulder while Anderson left the game with a knee injury.
Eric Gordon and Omer Asik carried the offensive load with the departures of two of the Pelicans’ best weapons. Gordon finished with 24 points on the strength of a 6-for-11 shooting night from 3-point land to go along with six assists and four rebounds while Asik totaled 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the floor as well as nine rebounds and two assists. Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole also made solid contributions as New Orleans improved to 28-27 on the season. Evans manged 13 points, six assists, three rebounds and a game-high three steals while Cole had 12 points against his former club in his first game in a Pelicans’ uniform. He added six assists, three rebounds and a steal in 30 minutes on the floor.
Mario Chalmers and Dwyane Wade did most of the damage for the Heat who were without a star of their own in Chris Bosh. Chalmers had 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting from the floor while Wade put up 19 points, four rebounds and four assists. Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic also cracked the double figure scoring plateau in the defeat. Whiteside had 11 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field to go along with 16 rebounds and five blocks while Dragic had 12 points and three rebounds in his first game with the Heat after coming over from the Phoenix Suns in a blockbuster trade at the deadline.
Jimmer Fredette did not play for the shorthanded Pelicans as coach Monty Williams turned to the newly acquired Cole instead. This is the 16th time in 57 games that Fredette got a DNP-coaches decision this season.
On the season, Fredette has played in 39 games and is averaging 3.9 points on 38.4 percent shooting from the floor and 94.4 percent from the free-throw line as well as 1.3 assists in 11 minutes. Up next of the schedule is a visit from the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.