The New Orleans Pelicans had no answers for the “Splash Brothers” as the Golden State Warriors clinched the four-game series sweep with a 109-98 win at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday night.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 10-for-15 from beyond the arc as the Warriors advanced to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Curry led Golden State with 39 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the floor to go along with nine assists and eight rebounds while Thompson finished with 25 points on 10-for-19 shooting, including 4-for-7 from distance.
Draymond Green also had a massive performance with 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting from the floor with 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Andre Iguodala added eight points, two rebounds and two assists while Harrison Barnes chipped in with six points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon did all they could to prolong the series for New Orleans, but it wasn’t enough. Davis had 36 points on 70 percent shooting from the floor with 11 rebounds and three blocks while Gordon managed 29 points on 12-of-21 shooting to go along with five assists and three boards.
While Davis and Gordon made a huge impact the other three Pelicans’ starters struggled mightily on the offensive end. Tyreke Evans, Omer Asik and Quincy Pondexter combined for just seven points on 3-for-16 shooting in 68 minutes.
Ryan Anderson added 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots while Dante Cunningham totaled 10 points on a perfect shooting performance with eight rebounds.
While the year started out with high hopes, the season ended the same as it had in years past – with Jimmer Fredette on the bench. He did not play in the loss to the Warriors or in any other game during the series.
On the season, he played in 50 games and averaged 3.6 points on 38 percent shooting from the floor, including 45.8 percent from inside the arc and 18.8 percent from the 3-point line and 95.6 percent from the free-throw stripe. He added 1.2 assists and .8 rebounds in 10.2 minutes a night.
It will be an interesting offseason for Fredette who will be a free agent. While he would be a fit on plenty of NBA rosters there is no telling where he will land.
He could find a new home in the NBA or take a shot in Europe. At this point in his career, Europe could be an appealing option. It could provide him with the opportunity to regain the form he had while earning every major national player of the year award in college as a senior at BYU.
No matter where he lands, one thing is for certain, Jmoneysports.com will be there every step of the way to provide the most in-depth coverage of Fredette on a game-by-game basis as well as other former Cougars playing on the hardwood.
Heading into the football season, we will also cover former gridiron legends Kyle Van Noy and Ziggy Ansah as they try to push the Detroit Lions to new heights as well as the CFL careers of all-time great BYU receivers Austin Collie and Cody Hoffman.