The New Orleans Pelicans bounced back from a lackluster performance with a resounding 90-75 win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
Anthony Davis led a balanced offensive attack with 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the floor to go along with nine rebounds and four assists. He had plenty of help as four other Pelicans scored in double figures. Eric Gordon had 15 points and three assists while Tyreke Evans managed 14 points, six assists and two blocked shots.
Dante Cunningham added 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting with nine rebounds and three blocks while Norris Cole chipped in with 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field with six assists, three rebounds and two blocks off the bench.
Omer Asik also made some big contributions with a game-high 18 rebounds in just 22 minutes of action.
Eric Bledsoe led the way for the Suns with 19 points and seven assists while Markieff Morris registered 12 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. P.J. Tucker was the only other Suns player to score in double digits. He finished with 12 points on 50 percent shooting from beyond the 3-point line.
Marcus Morris chipped in with eight points and nine rebounds, but shot just 3-for-14 from the floor while T.J. Warren had eight points on 4-for-11 shooting to go along with four boards and two assists.
Jimmer Fredette made an appearance in the closing minutes of the game, but recorded no stats in just over a minute of action.
Chances of Jimmer playing meaningful minutes for the rest of the season are very slim, thanks to the return of starting point guard Jrue Holiday to the line up. Holiday came off the bench and had two points on 1-of-7 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-3 shooting from beyond the arc to go along with five assists, a rebound, a steal and two turnovers in 16 minutes.
Once Holiday returns to form the Pelicans will be at full strength as they make the final push for the playoffs.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is another huge matchup with the Houston Rockets on Sunday afternoon.
Houston is also in the heat of the Western Conference playoff race as it tries to battle for home court advantage in the first round.
The Rockets are led by MVP candidate James Harden who is having one of the best seasons of his young career. He is averaging 27.5 points, 6.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals.
Other players to watch for Houston are Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza. Howard is putting up 15.7 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while Ariza is averaging 13 points, 5.6 boards, 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals.