Pelicans drop home tilt to Nets
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points apiece and the Brooklyn Nets ended an 11-game losing streak, routing the New Orleans Pelicans 143-114 on Friday night.
Caris Levert added 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting for the Nets, who had seven players in double figures while beating their season high for points by 16. Their 29-point victory was 11 more than their previous largest. They also set season highs for points in the second quarter (37) and points in any quarter with 43 in the third.
Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 22 points and nine rebounds despite leaving in the third quarter with a leg injury. The defeat was a huge comedown for him and the Pelicans a day after he was named a starter for the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.
The Nets, who hit only 9 of 42 3-pointers in a loss to the Pelicans when Davis did not play on Jan. 12, sank 13 of 23 through three quarters. They took the lead for good at 40-38 on Randy Foye’s 3 early in the second quarter and finished off the Pelicans with a flurry of long-range shots in the third.
Brooklyn also had no problem getting to the basket. Spencer Dinwiddle drove through the lane for an uncontested dunk to make it 57-44 in the second quarter. The next time down the court, little-used reserve Quincy Acy scored at the rim over a hobbling Davis.
By the time Davis exited, the Pelicans already were hopelessly behind.
The Nets even rested starting forward Trevor Booker, their leading rebounder, and guard Sean Kilpatrick, their top scorer off the bench. Coach Kenny Atkinson said they were healthy but would not play, with a schedule of 10 games in 17 days a large factor.
The Pelicans led 32-29 at the end of the first quarter, the same score they had in Wednesday’s victory against the Orlando Magic. Nothing else was the same as the Nets took them apart with 57.8 percent shooting while holding them to 41 percent.
Dante Cunningham had 14 points for New Orleans, but eight of them came in the first four minutes. Jrue Holiday added 12 points and eight assists but hit only 4 of 12 shots.
Nets: The Nets’ road skid was nowhere near their longest. They lost a then NBA-record 34 in a row spanning the end of 1989-90 and the start of 1990-91. . Five Brooklyn reserves scored in double figures and the bench accounted for 73 points.
Pelicans: The Pelicans had won six in a row against the Nets. . New Orleans fell 1 games behind Denver for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Joe Harris started for Booker but played only 13 minute, scoring 8 points with 2 rebounds. Acy, signed to a second 10-day contract earlier Friday, had 12 points and 8 rebounds in 22 minutes after Atkinson compared his skill set to Booker’s.
On Thursday, Davis was named an All-Star starter for the game in New Orleans. He played less than 10 minutes as a reserve in 2014, the last time the game was in New Orleans. Said coach Alvin Gentry: “It’s important for him to represent this city. I don’t think people realize how much he loves this city and what it means for him.”
Nets: They travel to Charlotte Saturday for the second game of a road back-to-back. Their most recent win had come against the Hornets on Dec. 26.
Pelicans: The season-high, six-game home stretch continues when Cleveland come to New Orleans on Monday. It’s a match-up of All-Star starters in Davis and LeBron James.
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