The New Orleans Pelicans couldn’t stop Isaiah Thomas or the Boston bench as the Celtics came away with a 104-98 victory at the Smoothie King Center on Friday night.
Thomas paced the Celtics to the huge road win with 27 points on 8-for-13 shooting, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line in 29 minutes of play. He did most of his damage in the fourth quarter with 14 of the 33 Celtics’ points. The 27 points by Thomas came as part of a 47-point night by the Celtics’ reserves, that included nine points from Jonas Jerebko and eight from Kelly Olynyk.
Brandon Bass and Evan Turner also had big performances in the win. Bass finished with 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the floor with six rebounds while Turner managed 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field to go along with six rebounds and six assists. Jae Crowder added 11 points, nine rebounds and four steals while Marcus Smart chipped in with seven points, five rebounds four assists and two steals as the Celtics improved to 25-35 on the season.
Anthony Davis led the way for the Pelicans with 29 points on 11-for-21 shooting from the floor and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line with 14 rebounds three blocks and two assists. Eric Gordon and Luke Babbitt also made nice contributions in the loss. Gordon finished with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting, including 4-for-9 from 3-point land while Babbitt added 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting with seven rebounds and two assists. Omer Asik added 10 points and seven rebounds while Tyreke Evans chipped in with 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Jimmer Fredette did not play for the 18th time in 62 games even though the Pelicans’ guards had a very difficult night. Evans made 5-of-13 shots, including 1-for-4 from distance with seven turnovers while Norris Cole managed just four points on 2-for-8 shooting with four assists and five turnovers in 25 minutes of action.
Since Cole arrived at the trade deadline, Fredette has seen his minutes dwindle drastically. In fact, he has played a total of 20:23 in the eight games since the Pelicans made the trade, including three DNPs and two games where he played for less than 10 seconds.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. The Grizzlies come into the game with a 44-17 record after outlasting the Los Angeles Lakers 97-90 on Friday night. Their 44 wins are good enough for second in the Western Conference standings.