Pelicans rebound to beat Brooklyn in two overtimes

LOS ANGELES: Anthony Davis scored 44 points and Rajon Rondo had a triple double as the New Orleans Pelicans ended a three-game losing streak with a 138-128 double overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets. The Pelicans won despite blowing a 28-point lead in the third quarter to the Nets on Saturday in front of a crowd of 16,500 at the Barclays Center arena. Davis added 17 rebounds and Rondo finished with 25 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans. Nikola Mirotic had 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday chipped in 22 points. “We just wanted to keep fighting, doing what we did to get the lead,” said Davis.
Allen Crabbe made eight three-pointers and scored 28 points for the Nets, who appeared sluggish in the first half which put them in a deep hole. They then launched a furious rally in regulation which finished with Crabbe’s three pointer with 12 seconds remaining to send the game into the first overtime. Spencer Dinwiddie finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds, and D’Angelo Russell came off the bench to score 21 points and nine assists.
“Obviously, we didn’t play like us,” Crabbe said. “So, coach didn’t even come in and yell at us. He said you figure it out and get it together.”
Elsewhere, Klay Thompson had the hot hand as the Golden State Warriors gave head coach Steve Kerr his 250th career win with a 122-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
Thompson scored 10 of his 25 points in a third quarter that was significant because it allowed Golden State to seize control of the contest at Oracle Arena. Thompson hit his first five three-point attempts while Stephen Curry and Draymond Green scored 17 points each as Golden State won their second straight contest. “We stuck to the programme,” Curry said. “Our defence stepped up. Klay hit some big shots. We got success off our offence and that opened up the game.”
Curry also chipped in eight assists and Green was celebrating because he had his first game of the last three where he didn’t get slapped with a technical foul. Kerr, the best coach of 2016, became the fastest to 250 wins in NBA history, achieving the milestone in 302 games. That betters his former coach, Phil Jackson, who reached the mark in 346 games. — AFP