The Memphis Grizzlies used a balanced offensive attack and a terrific shooting performance to destroy the New Orleans Pelicans 110-74 in the FedEx Forum on Wednesday night.
The Grizzlies shot 45-of-88 from the floor (51.1 percent), including 8-for-17 from 3-point range (47.1 percent). The Pelicans were ice-cold on the other hand. They shot 28-for-80 from the floor (35 percent), including 6-for-21 from 3-point range (28.6 percent).
The Starting front court for the Grizzlies led the way in the win with a combined 45 points, 25 rebounds and 13 assists. Zach Randolph finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and two steals while Marc Gasol totaled 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two blocks.
Jeff Green added 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting with four boards while Beno Udrih managed 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the floor.
Vince Carter and Mike Conley also reached double figures in the victory. Carter had 10 points on 50 percent shooting from 3-point land with five rebounds while Conley had 10 points, four assists and two rebounds.
Kosta Koufos also had a very solid showing with nine points and 11 rebounds, including four on the offensive end in 15 minutes off the bench as Memphis improved to 53-25 on the season.
Anthony Davis led the Pelicans in the loss with 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor with five rebounds and two blocks.
Quincy Pondexter and Tyreke Evans also reached double figures. Pondexter had 11 points on 3-for-5 shooting from 3-point range with three assists and two rebounds while Evans had 10 points on 3-for-10 shooting from the floor with six rebounds and three assists as well as three turnovers.
Norris Cole added nine points off the bench, but shot just 3-for-9 from the field while Eric Gordon chipped in with nine points on 4-for-13 shooting, including 1-for-5 from distance to go along with three assists.
With the defeat, New Orleans drops to 42-36 on the season and into a tie with the Oklahoma City Thunder for eighth place in the Western Conference.
Jimmer Fredette got on the floor for limited minutes in the fourth quarter with the game already long decided and didn’t have much luck. He went scoreless on 0-for-2 shooting from the floor with a turnover in 5:29 of action.
On the season, he has appeared in 49 games and is averaging 3.6 points on 38 percent shooting from the floor, including 45.8 percent from inside the arc and 95.6 percent from the free-throw line. He also contributes 1.2 assists and .8 rebounds in 10.4 minutes.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a matchup with the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.