WIN STREAK. The New Orleans Pelicans secure its third straight win in the ongoing NBA regular season by overwhelming the Brooklyn Nets, 112-85, on home court Tuesday night (Wednesday, January 3, Philippine time). NEW ORLEANS PELICANS PHOTO
The New Orleans Pelicans cruised to a wire-to-wire victory on home court, defeating the struggling Brooklyn Nets 112-85 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, January 3, Philippine time).
The Pelicans, under the guidance of Coach Willie Green, secured their third consecutive win and marked their eighth triumph in the last 11 games.
CJ McCollum led the scoring for the Pelicans with 16 points, complemented by Herb Jones, who contributed 14 points.
The well-rounded performance showcased the team’s collective effort, with contributions from various players, including Jose Alvarado with 13 points and Jonas Valanciunas recording a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
The Pelicans wasted no time asserting their dominance, opening the game with a 9-0 run and maintaining control throughout, eventually building a lead that reached as high as 32 points. The victory reflected a growing sense of urgency and commitment within the team, as noted by Coach Green.
The Nets, on the other hand, faced offensive struggles, posting their season-low in points and shooting a season-worst 35.7% from the field. The Pelicans’ defense stifled the Nets’ attempts, limiting them to their lowest-scoring output of the season.
Brooklyn’s Cam Thomas, the team’s leading scorer, endured a challenging night, missing all 11 of his shots and failing to score. The collective poor shooting performance, with Spencer Dinwiddie and Royce O’Neale also going scoreless, highlighted the Nets’ difficulties.
“It really is like a boxing match: When you get hit, how are you going to respond?” remarked Nets coach Jacque Vaughn. Expressing disappointment in the team’s effort, Vaughn emphasized the need for a more desperate and committed approach to winning.
The Pelicans capitalized on the Nets’ struggles, maintaining their focus on both ends of the court. New Orleans had an efficient first half, shooting 50% from 3-point range and building a substantial lead. Herb Jones played a pivotal role in the closing moments of the first half, contributing six consecutive points during a 10-2 run.
The game showcased the Pelicans’ depth, as no player logged more than 25 minutes on the court, allowing Coach Green to utilize his bench effectively. Thirteen players saw action for the Pelicans, and twelve of them contributed to the scoring.
With the win, the Pelicans continue to build momentum and cohesion, reinforcing their position as a formidable force in the league. As they look ahead, the Pelicans will carry their winning streak into a matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves, while the Nets aim to regroup and bounce back in their game against the Houston Rockets.
The victory adds another layer to the Pelicans’ recent success and reinforces their potential as a competitive force in the NBA.