The New Orleans Pelicans extended their winning streak to five games with a 99-92 road win over the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Sunday night. New Orleans scored 62 second half points after manged just 37 in the first to come away with the win.
Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon led the way for the undermanned Pelicans. Evans finished with 22 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the floor and 8-for-11 from the free-throw line to go along with seven assists and seven rebounds while Gordon had 18 points. Dante Cunningham also had a solid night with 14 points, seven rebounds and two steals while Alexis Ajinca and Norris Cole chipped in with 10 points apiece off the bench. Omer Asik made his presence felt as well with nine points on 60 percent shooting from the floor with a game-high 16 rebounds and three assists.
Danilo Gallinari and Randy Foye did most of the damage on the offensive end for the Nuggets in the loss. Gallinari had 21 points while Foye had 19 points on the strength of a 5-for-10 shooting performance from 3-point range. Will Barton and Wilson Chandler also made big contributions. Barton managed 16 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor with 10 rebounds and two steals while Chandler added 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field with eight boards. Ty Lawson chipped in with five points and 11 assists while J.J. Hickson had six points and 10 rebounds (eight on the offensive end) coming off the bench.
Jimmer Fredette fell back into more of a rotational role for the Pelicans against Denver. He totaled four points on 1-for-2 shooting from the floor and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line with a rebound in 10:41 of action. His only field goal came early in the second quarter when he knocked down a short floater in the lane. He is also being used in late game situations when the score is close to get on the floor and knock down clutch free-throws. He did exactly that against the Nuggets with two keys shots from the charity stripe with just over one minute remaining.
On the season, he is averaging 3.8 points on 38.3 percent shooting from the floor, including 46.7 percent from inside the arc and 95 percent from the free-throw line to go along with 1.2 assists and 0.8 rebounds in 10.6 minutes over 42 games.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a trip to Dallas to square off against Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and the Mavericks on Monday night.