A huge day from Anthony Davis wasn’t enough as the New Orleans Pelicans 95-87 loss to the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon.
Davis finished with 36 points on 14 for 26 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 4 from three point land in his return to the lineup. He added 11 rebounds and four block in 40 minutes as the Pelicans dropped to 1-9 on the season.
Carmelo Anthony carried the scoring load for the Knicks who improved to 5-6 with the win. He totaled 29 points on 11 for 21 shooting from the floor to go along with 13 rebounds and three assists. Langston Galloway and Kevin Seaphin also came up big for New York off the bench. Galloway had 15 points on 5 for 6 shooting from the floor with three rebounds and two steals while Seraphin added 12 points on 6 for 8 shooting from the field with three rebounds and two assists in just 14 minutes.
The only other Knick to reach double figures was Kristaps Porzingis who managed 10 points on 4 for 15 shooting with four rebounds, a steal and a block.
Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon had decent shooting performances overall for New Orleans even though they combined to hit 3 of 10 shots from beyond the arc. Anderson had 16 points on 5 for 11 shooting from the field with five rebounds while Gordon totaled 11 points on 5 for 11 shooting with two boards and two assists.
Jrue Holiday and Ish Smith didn’t have much success at the point guard spot in the loss. Holiday had seven points on 2 for 8 shooting from the floor to go along with four assists, three rebounds and three turnovers while Smith added two points, five assists, three rebounds and three turnovers of his own in 22 minutes.
Dante Cunningham chipped in with six points on 3 for 3 shooting from the floor with five rebounds while Toney Douglas registered four points on 0 for 3 shooting from the floor with two assists in 11 minutes.
Although the entire Pelicans’ guard-line struggled in the loss to the Knicks, Jimmer Fredette did not play in his return to New York. That marks the second time in four games that he got a DNP-CD (did not play- coaches decsion) since re-sgning with New Orleans.
In two games, Fredette has two points on 1 of 4 shooting from the floor with a steal in less than eight minutes.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a visit from the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. The Nuggets are 5-5 on the season after three wins in their last four games, including impressive victories over the Milwaukee Bucks and the Houston Rockets.
Two key players to look for in the Denver lineup are Danilo Gallinari and Emmanuel Mudiay. Gallinari leads the team in scoring with 17.8 points a night on 40.5 percent shooting from the floor with 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists while Mudiay is averaging 12 points, 6.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals in his first ten games as a rookie.
Two other huge pieces for the Nuggets are Kenneth Faried and Will Barton. Faried is having a solid campaign with 13.2 points on 57.7 percent shooting from the floor with a team-high 9.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks while Barton is putting up 14.3 points on 47.7 percent shooting from the field with 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 26.2 minutes a night.