The New Orleans Pelicans overcame a sluggish start to knock off the DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento Kings 102-88 in the Smoothie King Center on Friday night.
After scoring just 18 points in the first 12 minutes, the Pelicans got the offense going with 28 points in each of the last three quarters as they improved to 38-34 on the season.
Tyreke Evans led the way for New Orleans in the win with 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the floor with 10 assists and three rebounds. Anthony Davis also had a big night even though he didn’t shoot the ball well. He finished with 24 points on 11-of-26 shooting from the field to go along with nine rebounds and six blocks. Quincy Pondexter added 16 points on the strength of a 4-for-8 shooting performance from long-range with five rebounds and two steals while Norris Cole managed 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. Omer Asik led the Pelicans on the glass with a team-high 12 rebounds.
Cousins had a dominating performance against New Orleans, but he had very little help along the way as the Kings fell to 26-46 on the season. He totaled 39 points on 16-for-28 shooting from the floor to go along with 20 rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Rudy Gay added 18 points and four rebounds while Omri Casspi had 10 points on 50 percent shooting.
Jimmer Fredette did not play again as the backup guard minutes went to Cole and the reacquired Toney Douglas. Cole saw the floor for 23 minutes while Douglas played 13 minutes and had five points on 2-for-4 shooting from the field with five assists and a rebound.
It is the second game in a row that Fredette got the DNP-CD and the eighth time in 11 games. With the re-acquisition of Douglas, chances are that Fredette won’t see much more time for the rest of the season. If that is the case, it will be a tough end for a season that looked to have so much promise. Fredette started out the preseason with four straight games scoring in double figures while getting decent minutes. He shot the ball well from the floor (19-for-33) and was locked in from 3-point range (10-for-18). When the regular season came around, the minutes didn’t follow. After playing more than 16 minutes in six of seven preseason games, he only got that chance twice in the first 30 games of the regular season. In fact, he has played more than 16 minutes in a game just 12 times in 72 chances.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a Sunday afternoon matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves.