The New Orleans Pelicans used a balanced offensive attack to overwhelm the Los Angeles Lakers 113-92 at the Staples Center on Wednesday night.
The Lakers were able to hang around for the first quarter as the took a two-point lead into after 12 minutes before the Pelicans took charge. New Orleans outscored Los Angeles 61-39 over the next two quarters to blow the game wide open.
Anthony Davis led the way for the Pelicans as they closed to within one and a half games of the Oklahoma City Thunder for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. He finished with 20 points on 9-for-15 shooting from the floor to go along with seven rebounds, six assists and four blocked shots.
Five other Pelicans scored in double figures, including Ryan Anderson who had 17 points off the bench in his return to the lineup. Norris Cole added 17 points of his own on 8-for-12 shooting from the field with four assists while Tyreke Evans managed 16 points and eight assists. Eric Gordon and Quincy Pondexter chipped in with 10 points apiece while Omer Asik had eight points and 10 rebounds.
With the win, the Pelicans swept the season series with the Lakers. The closest of the four matchups came early in the season when Los Angeles lost by seven on a night where it had most of its weapons. The other three games have been blowouts with New Orleans winning each game by at least 16 points.
Jordan Clarkson led the way for the Lakers in the loss with 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field with 10 assists and seven rebounds. Tarik Black also had a solid outing on the offensive end with 16 points on 8-for-10 shooting while Ryan Kelly added 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Wayne Ellington chipped in with 11 points while Jordan Hill recorded 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
While it wasn’t much, Jimmer Fredette made an appearance in the lopsided win over the Lakers. He played exactly 2:02 and went scoreless while not attempting a shot. He did manage an assist on a deep jumper by Anderson in the last minute of the game.
On the season, Fredette has played in 48 of the Pelicans’ 74 games and is averaging 3.7 points on 38.4 percent shooting from the floor and 95.6 percent from the free-throw line. He also put up 1.2 assists and .8 rebounds in 10.5 minutes.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans as they try to catch the Thunder is a Friday night matchup with the Sacramento Kings.