BROOKLYN imposed its will on a New Orleans team with a hobbled Anthony Davis as the Nets broke an 11-game slump in a big way, exploding for a 143-114 win over the Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).
The Nets had their way on offense with seven players in double figures, led by Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic who scored 23 apiece. Brooklyn, though, trailed by three after the first quarter but found the range in the second and third quarters, knocking down 13 triples in just 36 minutes of play.
Brooklyn took the lead for good early in the second quarter and had season-highs in consecutive periods with 37 and 43 points in the middle quarters against New Orleans, who saw their star Anthony Davis starting to struggle with a leg injury late in the first half and left the game before the fourth.
Caris LeVert had a perfect shooting game for the Nets as he shot 6-of-6 from the floor, including three triples, to end up with 17 points off the bench. Luis Scola added 14, while Quincy Acy and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson each scored 12.
Davis led the Pelicans (17-27) with 22 points before sitting out the fourth quarter. Dante Cunningham and Terrence Jones scored 14 and 13 markers, respectively.