NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - After the first two stops on their separation road trip, the Pelicans (19-19) are right back where they started, at .500 in the standings. New Orleans did take care of a streaking Pistons team last night, dominating the glass with 17 more rebounds than Detroit.
"It just means that guys are locked into the game plan," coach Monty Williams said. "If we lock into our game plan and execute it to a 70 or 80 percent clip, we can beat anybody, and I firmly believe that. We just gotta put some games together. It will shut up all the people who think we can't be a consistent team because we know we can."
Starting point guard Jrue Holiday sat out with an ankle injury, but Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon picked up the slack with 14 combined assists.
"We for sure have to step up," guard Eric Gordon said. "We have to handle the ball a little bit more and be playmakers. We're up for it, we're up to that challenge while Jrue is out and see what goes on from here."
Anthony Davis also produced his 23rd double-double of the season in the victory, with 27 points and 10 rebounds, but Davis is questionable for Friday's game at Philadelphia with a toe injury. Meanwhile, Jimmer Fredette tallied eight points off the bench and continues to earn more playing time.
"Just being aggressive and going to the basket, and in transition setting some screens," Fredette said. "Being able to get your guys on a heel and go to the basket, and be able to make some plays and hopefully my outside shot will start get going here soon."
Forward Tyreke Evans added, "He's crafty, he works on his game a lot. He has a nice floater. He can put the ball on the ground, and he also can shoot, But I think the most unique thing about him is that when he put the ball on the floor, he got so many pumpfakes, helping what he can do."
To finish out their road swing, the Pelicans face the 76ers, Raptors and Knicks. Winning less than two of these games would be a disappointment, especially considering the combined record of Philly and New York is 12-66, by far two of the worst teams in the NBA.