After a slow start, the New Orleans Pelicans found their stride and dismantled the Brooklyn Nets 111-91 on in the Barclays Center on Tuesday night.
Without the services of Tyreke Evans, The Pelicans struggled on offense through the first 10 minutes of the game and trailed 25-11 before they turned things around. They ended the quarter on a 12-2 run to close the gap to 27-23 and then took over in the second.
New Orleans had an impressive shooting night in the win, making 45-of-87 attempts from the floor (51.7 percent), including 12-for-21 from behind the 3-point arc. A key to the great shooting night was the ball movement for the Pelicans who assisted on 31 of 45 made baskets.
Alexis Ajinca and Quincy Pondexter led a very balanced offensive attack as the Pelicans won their third game in a row to improve to 36-29 on the season. Ajinca had 17 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor to go along with five rebounds, four assists and three steals in 23 minutes off the bench while Pondexter had 17 points of his own on 6-for-9 shooting from the field, including a 5-for-6 shooting performance from beyond the arc. Eric Gordon and Norris Cole also put up solid offensive showings. Gordon totaled 16 points on the strength of a 3-for-6 shooting night from 3-point land to go along with seven assists while Cole managed 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting, including 4-for-6 from distance in his first start with New Orleans. He added five rebounds, four assists and three steals in 29 minutes. Anthony Davis chipped in with 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and three blocks while Omer Asik had 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting with a game-high 15 rebounds.
Brook Lopez and Jarrett Jack paced the struggling Nets in the loss. Lopez finished with 15 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor with nine rebounds and three blocks while Jack had 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting with three assists off the bench. Bojan Bogdanovic added 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting in 17 minutes while Deron Williams chipped in with 10 points, four assists and a pair of steals. Joe Johnson and Thaddeus Young also finished with 10 points apiece, but neither shot the ball well as Brooklyn fell to 25-37 on the season. Johnson was 4-for-11 from the floor while Young made just 4-of-14 attempts.
Jimmer Fredette saw his first real game time in more than a week after three straight DNP’s and had a solid night. He finished with four points on 2-for-4 shooting from the floor to go along with three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 14:32 of play. While he played much of his time in the second quarter, he scored both of his baskets in the fourth. His first score came on a deep jumper early in the period to spot the Pelicans an 18-point lead while his other basket came in the closing seconds on a short runner in the paint.
Up next for Fredette and New Orleans is a home matchup with the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.