NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Kyrie Irving limited its performance to 32 points with a tough swivel jump, a drive through the converging defenders and four last-minute free throws, and The brooklyn network keep winning 134-129 before the reel New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.
“Obviously, when Kyrie did his job right and launched such hard shots, it really saved us,” said Nets striker Blake Griffin, who had 16 points and eight rebounds as a reserve. , to speak. “But I think overall, we did better by just trying to like, follow the committee, move without the ball and don’t settle.”
Joe Harris also hit a late free-throw pair to raise his 24 points on the night for the Nets, who won it despite not having both Kevin Durant and James Harden.
“We just did the footage,” said Irving. “We played together really well tonight, just doing some easy plays. It was beneficial to us. “
Brooklyn boss Steve Nash twice commanded the Nets to foule Pelicans ball handlers in the final seconds instead of letting New Orleans set up potential 3-point shots.
Finally it worked.
New Orleans still had a third chance to fix it in the final 4.8 seconds, but Irving’s attempt to steal the ball left Zion Williamson out of bounds, leaving the Pelicans losing their fourth consecutive match.
Irving has the option of fouling Williamson on the catch, Nash said, “But he did a bad defensive play and luckily we removed any body parts that it did. happened.”
Williamson, who is launching his own Jordan-branded basketball shoes, has scored 33 points, mostly thanks to his aggressive moves in the paintwork that created streaks and contention. Brandon Ingram netted another 27 points for the Pelicans, who lost four games to Golden State and San Antonio for their final starting spot at the Western Conference with the remaining 14 in official season.
“I won’t lie,” Williamson said. “It’s annoying to sit here every other game and say we’re right there and we’re not going to finish. So I think we have to focus on some of those little things. I say it over and over again, but until we do that, some of those results won’t change. “
Landry Shamet has 18 points and 8 assists for the Nets. Blake Griffin had 16 points and eight rebounds as a reserve and Bruce Brown added 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Pelicans lead 13 as Eric Bledsoe’s No.3 took a 21-8 lead, only to see the Nets cut the lead to 29-26 on Griffin’s 3rd team at the end of the first quarter.
After taking a 59-57 lead at halftime, the Nets seemed to be in control as Harris hit a drive and two 3 seconds to power the 16-2 run giving Brooklyn a 75-65 lead. The Nets pushed their lead to 12 before Lonzo Ball scored a quick seven to trigger a 14-4 Pelicans break, cutting the lead to 89-87 at the end of the third half.
Neither team led more than seven points in the fourth quarter.
Nets: Durant, who joined the match against Irving because Brooklyn’s highest scoring average of 27.3 per game, missed his first full game since bruising his left thigh in the previous game. that of the Nets in Miami. … The Nets have won two of six games with both Harden and Durant removed from the squad since Harden joined Brooklyn in January. … Griffin fouled the remaining 11.4 seconds as he deliberately fouled Ingram to prevent the Pelicans from trying to force 3.… Green had 15 points and nine assists. … Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 10 points. … Brooklyn overtakes New Orleans 44-37.
Pelican: Ball and Naji Marshall each scored 15 points. … Rookie Kira Lewis Jr scored 11 points. … The Pelicans missed nine of the 24 free-kicks, while Marshall missed five out of six.
Van Gundy dismisses the notion that his relatively young squad has been a factor in some of his team’s recent defeats.
“The step back to defense has nothing to do with youth and inexperience. Falling and playing defensively has nothing to do with youth and inexperience. Blocking people, has nothing to do with youth and inexperience. Being beaten has nothing to do with youth and inexperience, ”says Van Gundy. “I don’t think, tonight, our inexperience has nothing to do with the results. Nothing.”
Nets: Visiting the Raptors on Wednesday night.
Pelican: Visit Orlando on Thursday.
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