NEW ORLEANS — Rajon Rondo set a franchise file with a career-high 25 assists in simply 30 minutes on the court docket, Anthony Davis had 33 factors, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Brooklyn Nets 128-113 on Wednesday night time.
DeMarcus Cousins had 27 factors and 14 rebounds, and Jrue Vacation scored 23 factors for the Pelicans, who’ve gained three straight.
At present sitting on the sting of the Western Convention playoff image, the Pelicans entered their present three-game homestand seeking to string collectively some victories towards groups which have struggled on the highway.
They bought off to a stable begin towards Brooklyn, main by as many as 16 within the first quarter, 23 within the second and 33 within the third.
At that time, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry pulled the starters, solely to should put them again in following a 17-Zero Nets run that trimmed New Orleans’ result in 91-75 heading into the fourth quarter.
Caris LeVert scored 22 factors, Nik Stauskas added 21, and each had been instrumental in Brooklyn’s temporary surge. However the Pelicans’ lineup of Davis, Cousins, Vacation, Rondo and E’Twaun Moore, who had 20 factors, shortly created extra separation once more and set New Orleans up for a stress-free end.
The one drama within the latter levels of the fourth quarter was whether or not Rondo would eclipse franchise and profession marks for assists. He broke Chris Paul’s mark along with his 22nd help and set a brand new private greatest along with his 25th, then got here to the bench to a standing ovation and a congratulatory handshake from Gentry.