Eric Gordon could come off bench in future (Apr 17 12:00 ET )
The strong play of Tyreke Evans and another round of knee surgery for Eric Gordon could mean that Gordon comes off the bench next season, if he's not traded by the Pelicans.
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.
Tyreke Evans finished the season on a very high note, going for 25 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, a block and a 3-pointer in a meaningless win over the Raptors on Wednesday.
The Scoop:Evans has a sore knee that left him iffy for Monday's game, and all he did in that one was rack up 41 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. It's probably too little, too late for fantasy owners, but if you used him in daily money leagues over these last two games, he certainly helped you out. Austin Rivers had 18 points, five rebounds, eight assists, three steals and two 3-pointers, Anthony Morrow had 15, and Alexis Ajinca added 11 points in the win.