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    Tyreke Evans, Terrence Jones team up late to lift Pelicans sans Anthony Davis over lowly Nets

    by the web
    Jan 13, 2017
    Tyreke Evans scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half to lift the Pelicans over the Nets. AP

    TYREKE Evans took charge in the second half for a New Orleans Pelicans team without star Anthony Davis to deal the Brooklyn Nets their eighth straight loss, 104-95, at the Barclays Center on Thursday (Friday, Manila time)

    Evans scored 21 of his 29 points after the break to help the Pelicans overcome a slow start against a Nets team poised to break its long slump early on in the game.

    Trailing by six entering the fourth, Pelicans got off to a 16-7 start to retake the lead, 89-86, with more than seven minutes left, setting up a thrilling finish between the two teams before New Orleans pulled away with an 11-1 run in the last three minutes.

    Evans scored on the drive and set up Terrence Jones for the flush to give New Orleans a 99-94 lead with 1:40 remaining. He again connected with Jones for another crucial bucket before getting a steal off Brook Lopez to take the fight from the Nets, as the Pelicans sank their free throws down the stretch.

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    Davis sat out due to a hip injury and the Nets looked to capitalize early, leading by as much as seven in the second quarter, where they outscored the Pelicans 26-16 to carry a 57-51 lead at the half.

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    Jones also stepped up his game in the absence of Davis to register a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Jrue Holiday added 21 markers to help New Orleans win two in a row and improve to 16-24.

    Brook Lopez led the Nets with 20 points and Sean Kilpatrick scored 18 off the bench, but the Nets still fell to 8-30 with the loss. Joe Harris chipped in 15 markers.

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    Tyreke Evans scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half to lift the Pelicans over the Nets. AP
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