A monster game from Anthony Davis wasn’t good enough to slow down the newly motivated Nuggets as Denver knocked off the New Orleans Pelicans 118-111 in double overtime in the Smoothie King Center on Sunday night.
Will Barton led the way for the Nuggets in the victory with 25 points on 10-for-16 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals. Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson also had big performances as Denver improved to 26-41 on the season. Faried had 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks while Lawson managed 19 points on 50 percent shooting with nine assists, five rebounds and three steals. Jameer Nelson added 18 points, six assists and five rebounds while Danilo Gallinari chipped in with 17 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Davis once again showed why he is one of the elite young players in the game with 36 points on 16-for-28 shooting from the floor with 14 rebounds, nine blocks and seven assists. Tyreke Evans also had a big night with 25 points on 11-for-20 shooting from the field with 10 assists, nine rebounds and two blocks, but also had a game-high six turnovers. Eric Gordon added 16 points on 5-of-18 shooting from the floor, including 4-for-11 from 3-point land and five boards while Omer Asik chipped in with 10 points on 50 percent shooting and 13 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end. The Pelicans dropped to 36-30 on the season and a game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder in the race for eighth place in the Western Conference.
Jimmer Fredette was the only player that did not play for the Pelicans in the loss to the Nuggets even though New Orleans didn’t get great production out of its backup guards. Norris Cole finished with four points on 2-of-8 shooting from the floor with four assists and three rebounds in 30:45 of action while Elliot Williams finished with two points on 1-of-3 shooting in 13:24. It was the fourth time in five games that Jimmer didn’t get off the bench for Monty Williams and the 21st time in 66 games on the season.
So far this season, Fredette is averaging 3.7 points on 38.7 percent shooting from the floor, including a career-high 47.7 percent shooting from inside the arc and 95 percent from the free-throw line as well as 1.2 assists and nearly a rebound in 10.3 minutes a game. His free-throw percentage is good enough to lead the NBA if he had enough attempts.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a home matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.