The New Orleans Pelicans had a much-needed bounce back win as they knocked off the Memphis Grizzlies 95-89 at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday night. The Pelicans used a huge second half to outlast Memphis and improve to 34-29 on the season. After trailing 50-38 at halftime, they outscored the Grizzlies 57-39, including 33-17 in third quarter.
Tyreke Evans and Anthony Davis led the way for New Orleans in the victory. Evans finished with 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting from the floor to go along with seven assists, three rebounds and three steals while Davis had 23 points on 11-for-21 shooting with 10 rebounds and five blocks. Eric Gordon added 16 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-5 from distance and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line with six assists while Norris Cole chipped in with 12 points, three assists and two rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench. Omer Asik also had a solid all-around performance with seven points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and a pair of steals.
Jeff Green and Mike Conley did most of the damage offensively for Memphis in the loss. Green totaled 20 points on 8-for-18 shooting from the floor with four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block while Conley had 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe as well as four rebounds and three helpers. Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes also made some nice contributions off the bench. Udrih had 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting with three assists while Calathes put up nine points and seven assists. Marc Gasol added eight points, seven rebounds, six assists, five blocks and three steals while Tony Allen chipped in with seven points, eight rebounds and six steals. The weirdest stat line of the night surely came from Zach Randolph. The double-double machine recorded just seven points on 3-for-10 shooting from the floor and 1-for-4 from the free-throw line. What more shocking than the lack of offensive production is the fact that although he averages 11.4 boards a night, he had two rebounds.
Jimmer Fredette did not play for the second time in as many nights and the 20th time in 64 games. This time the spare minutes that coach Monty Williams had went to Elliot Williams who the Pelicans just added to the roster. He saw four minutes of action and went scoreless on 0-for-2 shooting from the floor with two rebounds.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.