Trans. Apr 21 11:23 ET (Apr 21 11:23 ET ) Tyreke Evans put up 25 points and notched 10 assists and six rebounds in a tremendous all-around performance to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a close victory over the Houston Rockets, 105-100. The Pelicans had a strong shooting performance, finishing 43-82 (52.4%) from the field, including 6-12 (50.0%) from beyond the arc. New Orleans (34-48) has won just two of its last 10 games. Austin Rivers chipped in 18 points and eight assists for New Orleans as well.
The Scoop:Tyreke Evans spent much of this season at small forward, which is not ideal for him due to the fact he has to worry about guarding the other team's best player on most nights. Once Evans got comfortable at shooting guard late in the season he basically took over. And given Gordon's struggles with injuries and questions about desire over the years, starting Evans and bringing Gordon off the bench actually makes a lot of sense.
Tyreke Evans' sore right knee - and long-term contract - gave him every reason to sit out the final two games of a losing season with the Pelicans. Yet even as coaches and trainers encouraged him to rest, Evans was having none of it. He capped it off with 25 points and 10 assists on Wednesday night, and New Orleans closed out a difficult, injury riddled season with a 105-100 victory over the playoff-bound Houston Rockets. ''I just want to have fun, man,'' Evans said.
Tyreke Evans had 25 points and 10 assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans closed out a difficult season with a crowd pleasing 105-100 victory over the playoff-bound Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. It was the second straight victory for the Pelicans, both starring Evans' relentless hustle and forceful dribble-drives. He gave New Orleans the lead for good with a driving layup with 2:35 left, then sealed it with a powerful move in which he wedged his way between Jordan Hamilton and Josh Powell for a running, right-handed hook from the lane. Austin Rivers added 18 points and Anthony Morrow 15 for the Pelicans, who shot 52.4 percent.
NEW ORLEANS -- Coming off a career scoring night, guard Tyreke Evans scored 25 points and dished out 10 assists to spark the New Orleans Pelicans to a 105-100 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night at the Smoothie King Center.