The New Orleans Pelicans used a huge fourth quarter to outlast the Miami Heat 104-102 in the Smoothie King Center on Friday night. The Pelicans outscored the Heat 31-20 in the final quarter to secure their fourth straight win.
Alexis Ajinca led the way for New Orleans with 24 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the floor to go along with eight rebounds and three blocks. Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans also made big contributions in the win. Gordon finished with 20 points on the strength of a 4-for-6 shooting performance from beyond the arc with eight assists while Evans added 19 points on 9-for-15 shooting as well as 11 assists and three rebounds before he fouled out. Quincy Pondexter chipped in with 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting while Dante Cunningham had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Omer Asik also provided excellent work on the glass with 10 boards.
Luol Deng paced the Heat with 22 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the floor and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line. Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside also had solid showings in the loss. Dragic totaled 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting from the floor with five assists and three rebounds while Whiteside recorded 16 points on 8-for-13 shooting with seven rebounds and four blocks. Henry Walker added 16 points while Dwyane Wade chipped in with 11 points on a terrible shooting night, but managed eight assists and four rebounds.
Jimmer Fredette played 5:38 of action and went scoreless after he missed his only shot from the floor. He recorded no other stats, but was a +3 while he was on the floor. Most of his time came in the fourth quarter when the New Orleans began the comeback.
On a side note, Norris Cole finished the game with three points on 0-for-10 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-3 from 3-point range with four assists and two turnovers in 22:40.
So far this season, Fredette is averaging 3.9 points on 38.4 percent shooting from the floor and 94.7 percent shooting from the free-throw line as well as 1.2 assists and nearly a rebound in 10.8 minutes per game.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a road matchup with the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.