Coming off of a tough grind-it-out victory against the Dallas Mavericks, the Brooklyn Nets (37-32) were hoping to keep their win streak alive against the New Orleans Pelicans (30-40). Unfortunately, the Nets blew a 22-point lead and fell to the Pelicans in overtime 109-104.
New Orleans weas led by Tyreke Evans, who scored 22 points in the 2nd half. His 14 points in the 3rd quarter helped New Orleans erase a 22-point deficit to cut the lead to three.
Former Net, Anthony Morrow hit some big shots down the stretch; including a 3-pointer which gave the Pelicans a 7-point lead in overtime.
In the 2nd quarter, Brooklyn went on an extended 28-13 run to increase their lead to 54-33. Brooklyn began the quarter with a 9-2 run to push their lead to 13, and later, went on a 10-1 run to push their lead to 21. During the 10-1 run, both Paul Pierce and Deron Williams went to work. Williams and Pierce hit consecutive threes, followed by a pair of Pierce free throws, and Williams finished off the run with a step back jumper.
Pelicans sped up the tempo and went on a 9-4 run to close the 2nd quarter. At the half, the Nets led 58-42. The Nets held the advantage in threes made -- 6 to 3 -- and they forced the Pelicans into eight turnovers, which led to 10 points.
To open the 3rd, the Nets went on a quick 8-2 run to take a 66-44 advantage, then the wheels began to fall off. The Pelicans responded with a ferocious 29-10 extended run, which cut the lead to three -- they also scored the last nine points of the quarter. Austin Rivers had a three-point play, followed by an Evans lay up and four-point play.
In the 3rd, the Pelicans shot 63% from the field while holding the Nets to only 29% shooting.
Evans began the fourth by driving baseline and spinning past Alan Anderson to finish at the rim. After that basket, New Orleans cut the lead to one, and then Brooklyn pushed the lead back up to nine. Andray Blatche made a pair of free throws, followed by a Williams 3-pointer, and the run was capped off by a Mirza Teletovic 3-point play.
With less than five minutes remaining, Evans made a driving lay up to tie the game at 89, and later in the quarter, Morrow made a floater off an offensive rebound to give the Pelicans a 93-91 lead. After Joe Johnson tied the game with a pair of free throws, Morrow responded with a three and Evans made two free throws afterwards to increase the Pelicans lead to five.
Mason Plumlee had a put-back dunk off of a Pierce miss to bring the Nets within three, then Pierce hit a huge three to tie the game at 98. Morrow had a chance to win it in regulation for the Pelicans, but he missed his midrange jumper.
In overtime, after a Pierce turnaround jumper tied the game at 100; Brian Roberts and Morrow hit consecutive threes to give the Pelicans a six-point advantage. Shaun Livingston made a basket afterwards, then the game was put to rest by another Morrow 3-pointer.
Key Stats: Paul Pierce led the Nets with 24 points. Deron Williams finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Joe Johnson had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Andray Blatche had 12 points and 5 rebounds off the bench. Shaun Livingston finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Tyreke Evans led the Pelicans with a season-high 33 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and had 7 assists. Anthony Davis had a double-double, 24 points and 14 rebounds. Brian Roberts finished with 17 points and 6 assists. Anthony Morrow had a huge 11 points off the bench. Austin Rivers contributed with 10 points.
Key Notes: Marcus Thornton didn’t finish the game due to a back injury. Andrei Kirilenko didn’t play due to a sprained ankle. Kevin Garnett is still out due to back spasms. Eric Gordon didn’t feature for the Pelicans due to injury.