Pelicans drop road test to the Nets

Jake Appleman
The Pelicans' Austin Rivers. Photo by NBA.com.

The Nets bounced back from Friday's dispiriting loss in Detroit by snapping the Pelicans' five-game winning streak against Eastern Conference teams. The Nets led wire-to-wire in a 93-81 win.

Mason Plumlee (a career-high 22 points, 13 rebounds) supplied most of the highlights in the finest game of his young career. Plumlee's exploits led an effective bench that carried the Nets for much of the night.

The Nets (23-26) jumped ahead so quickly that no starter reached double-figures or needed to play more than 25 minutes. Alan Anderson and Mirza Teletovic each added 13 points for the Nets. Anthony Davis led the Pelicans (22-28) with 24 points and nine rebounds.

Down 23 at the half, the Pelicans responded with a strong third quarter but never fully threatened to take the lead. The Nets won for the first time in franchise history when no starter scored in double-figures.

The Nets jumped out to an 11-0 lead on the strength of excellent all around play from Kevin Garnett.