NEW ORELANS — Nothing came easy for the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night in New Orleans.
After trailing by as many as six points in the fourth quarter and battling through four ties in the period, the Nets ended up in overtime against the Pelicans before holding on for a 108-101 victory.
The Nets survived on a night in which they shot just 41.7 percent, helping themselves by limiting the Pelicans to 34.6 percent shooting, including 28.2 percent from 3-point range by a team that came in shooting 36.6 percent from deep, the sixth-best mark in the league.
But in the fourth quarter and overtime, Brooklyn shot 61.2 percent (19-for-31) to finish strong offensively and secure the win.
Spencer Dinwiddie opened up the overtime with four straight points for Brooklyn, and with the Pelicans within 101-98 with 1:30 to go, Joe Harris knocked down a corner three out of a timeout for a six-point lead.
Dinwiddie led Brooklyn with 31 points and seven assists for his 14th 20-point game in the last 16. Harris had 24 points, making 5-of-9 3-pointers, and David Nwaba had 12 points, shooting 5-for-7 overall, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range.
Jarrett Allen had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds, plus six blocks.
Brooklyn held New Orleans scoreless over the final 7:30 of the second quarter in taking a 42-35 lead at halftime.
The Nets and Pelicans were tied at 21 after the first quarter, but New Orleans went up 35-27 after a Josh Hart 3-pointer with 7:30 to go in the half. It was all Brooklyn the rest of the way, with a 15-0 run into halftime.
Dinwiddie made a pair of free throws, Harris hit a 3-pointer, and Dinwiddie finished a drive. Nwaba scored inside off a loose ball to put the Nets back in the lead, 36-35, then muscled in another basket inside. Dinwiddie did the same, and his two free throws put the Nets up 42-35 at halftime.
The Nets limited the Pelicans to 24 percent shooting (12-for-50) in the first half, including 30 percent (6-for-20) from 3-point range. That left New Orleans 6-for-30 from 2-point range, with five first-half blocks from Allen making a big impact.
New Orleans wiped out that Brooklyn lead with a 9-1 run to open the third quarter and go up 44-43, and the Pelicans went on to take a 64-61 lead into the fourth quarter.
With the Pelicans up by six early in the fourth quarter, Harris knocked down a 3-pointer, but Brooklyn gave up an offensive rebound basket to Derrick Favors. Dinwiddie answered with a drive, and another Harris 3-pointer knotted the game at 74.
Tied again at 78, the Nets got a lob finish by Allen from Dinwiddie, then a Dinwiddie drive for a four-point lead. The Hornets got back within a point with 4:21 to go after Favors made 1-of-2 from the line, then finished off a lob from Lonzo Ball.
Garrett Temple cut to the rim to score off a Harris feed, and Dinwiddie’s drive had the Nets up 86-81 with 3:30 to go. After a Brandon Ingram finish for New Orleans, Taurean Prince connected for a 3-pointer and an 89-83 lead.
But the Pelicans put together a 10-2 run to go up 93-91 with 56.5 seconds remaining before Allen’s dunk with 45.8 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game.