After re-signing with New Orleans, Jimmer Fredette saw his first action of the season as the Pelicans beat the Dallas Mavericks 120-105 in Smoothie King Center on Tuesday night.
The Pelicans used a balanced offensive attack to overcome the loss of Anthony Davis and race to their first win in seven tries on the year. Davis had a monster first half with 17 points on 8 for 14 shooting from the floor to go along with seven rebounds, two assists and a block before he left the game with an injury.
The bench stepped up in his absence, led by Ryan Anderson, Ish Smith and Toney Douglas. Anderson led the way with 25 points on 10 for 16 shooting, including 50 percent from beyond the arc with 11 rebounds and two assists while Smith added 17 points on 6 for 11 shooting from the field and 5 for 5 from the free-throw line. He added 12 assists and three rebounds in 27 minutes. Douglas chipped in with 17 points, thanks to a fantastic shooting performance from deep that saw him hit 5 of 7 from beyond the arc.
Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday also reached double figures in the big win. Gordon totaled 17 points on 4 of 13 shooting from 3-point range while Holiday added 10 points on 80 percent shooting from the floor, including 2 for 2 from distance. He added three assists and two steals in 15 minutes.
Dirk Nowitzki and Charlie Villanueva led the way for the Mavericks who fell to 3-4 with the loss. Nowitzki registered 18 points on 7 for 13 shooting from the floor with four rebounds and two assists while Villanueva finished with 15 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a block in 26 minutes of the bench.
Zaza Pachulia added 12 points on 6 for 6 shooting from the free-throw line with five rebounds and two steals while Justin Anderson had 11 points, thanks to a perfect shooting night.
Dwight Powell chipped had another strong performance with 10 points on 4 for 5 shooting from the field with six rebounds and a block in 17 minutes while J.J. Barea came away with 10 point, five assists and four rebounds off the bench.
Fredette played the last 5:26 in his first day back with New Orleans and managed two points on 1 for 3 shooting from the floor, including a miss on his only 3-point shoot as well as a steal. His only basket of the night came on a lay-up on a pass from Alexis Ajinca in the final minute of the game.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a road matchup with the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. The Hawks are leading the Southeast division and are second in the Eastern Conference after a 7-2 start.
Two key players for the Hawks are Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap. Teague has opened the season well, averaging a team-leading 18.7 points with 6.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals while Millsap is averaging 17 points on 47.7 percent shooting from the floor to go along with a team-leading 8.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.3 steals.
Atlanta has also got some nice production out of Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore. Schroder is averaging 12.2 points, 3.8 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals while Bazemore is chipping in with 11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists.