For Gordon, this is the seventh game this season where he's scored 20 points or more. It's the third-highest point total he's had this season.
Gordon also contribtued six assists and four rebounds. Center Omar Asik scored 15 and guard Tyreke Evans scored 13.
The Pelicans host the Raptors on Monday.
Gordon shot 9-14 from the field, including 7-8 from beyond the arc. He sunk all six of his free throws. Gordon also added three rebounds, three assists and two steals during the contest.
Gordon did turn the ball over six times, which drew some ire from his coach. ''It was bad execution, throwing the ball away,'' Monty Williams said. ''We had chances in transition to find an open guy and we didn't.''
"I had it going good when I first hit those couple 3s early in the game and then I attacked the rim," Gordon said after the game, per the Associated Press. "As long as I keep mixing it up like that, it's going to be hard for a team to predict what I'm going to do."
Gordon set several season highs while leading the Pelicans in scoring Friday, including in shots made, shots attempts and three-pointers made. He also racked up seven assists, two rebounds and one steal in 38 minutes of action. The Pelicans will square off with the Hawks Monday.
After overcoming his latest injury,
What made Gordon a budding superstar before his time in New Orleans was his ability to bully his way to the free-throw line and supplement his game with freebies. He has been scoring at a decent clip since returning from a shoulder injury, averaging 13.2 points per game, but has been to the free-throw line just eight times in five games, a bad sign for his chances of keeping this up. Gordon is a good shooter, but probably not enough to sustain a scoring rate in the teens, though he'll probably still have a few more good games in him, with Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday dealing with injuries.
If Gordon keeps getting 10 shots every game, he can probably serve a purpose for Fantasy owners, especially if he can add four to five assists consistently as well. However, when Holiday and Davis get back, it will be hard for him to keep this up, so don’t' drop anyone who might have some long-term value for Gordon -- he's probably just a short-term fix.
After sustaining an ankle injury during Monday’s loss over the Celtics,
Holiday has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game at Detroit, but there is no timetable on his return. His next chance to play will be Friday at Philadelphia.
"We think it's day to day, but we're not going to put a timetable on Jrue," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said.
The Pelicans are 4 1/2-point underdogs to the Pistons.
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