Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Recap: Pelicans 89, Nets 83

The New Orleans Pelicans (3-0) remained perfect at the 2015 NBA Summer League with help from an 89-83 victory over the Brooklyn Nets (1-1) Monday afternoon at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. The Pelicans, who led by as much as 10 points, erased a five-point deficit late in the fourth quarter with help from a 17-6 run.
New Orleans' come-from-behind triumph was sparked by an 11-point outburst by Bryce Dejean-Jones, who played two season at UNLV for the Runnin' Rebels. Dejean-Jones got the rally started with a layup with 4:56 remaining in regulation. His next contribution -- an emphatic dunk -- was the basket that handed the Pelicans' the sixth and final lead change of the contest. He chipped in seven more points in the waning moments with a 3-pointer and four made free throws.
Besides the fourth-quarter heroics, Dejean-Jones got the Pelicans off to a good start. He opened the contest with a dunk that sparked an 8-0 beginning for New Orleans.
Brooklyn stayed within striking distance for much of the first half. The Nets managed to cut New Orleans' lead to one on three occasions before a pair of free throws by Ryan Boatright brought about the game's first tie and lead change with 14 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Nets' advantage was short-lived as New Orleans started the second half with a 13-3 stretch off a quartet of shots from beyond the arc. Seth Curry, who had 20 points, kicked things off with a trey that was followed by a pair from Victor Rudd and another by Dejean-Jones, who capped the run with a make from the charity stripe.
The Pelicans' edge was bumped to 10 points midway through the third until the Nets countered with a 13-2 run of their own that carried over into the fourth.
Dejean-Jones was not the only Runnin' Rebel alum to play well in the game, as Khem Birch combined a game-high 11 rebounds with 13 points for the contest's only double-double.
New Orleans' also got strong contributions from Larry Drew II, who had 16 assists and eight points, and Victor Rudd. The latter fell one rebound shy of a double-double with nine rebounds and 12 points.
Brooklyn had five players reach double figures in scoring. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the squad with 18. Markel Brown, the hero in the Nets' 76-75 win over Cleveland Saturday night, had 14 to go along with 13 each from Boatright and Austin Hollins. Darius Adams capped the quintet with 10 points.
The Nets return to action Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. ET in the Cox Pavilion against the Chicago Bulls. The Pelicans, on the other hand, have concluded their initial three-game set and must wait until tournament seeding is completed for their next game assignment.

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