Devonte' Graham drives against Joe Harris

Panzura postgame wrap: Nets 120, Pelicans 112

Nets (9-4), Pelicans (1-12)
by Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer

Brooklyn had two future Hall of Famers on the floor. New Orleans didn’t have either of its two recent NBA All-Stars in uniform.

Despite that disadvantage and a 21-point second-half deficit, the Pelicans mounted a momentous comeback Friday, but it ultimately came up short. In clutch time with the outcome hanging in the balance, Kevin Durant and James Harden came up with the big baskets that have helped define their careers as elite scorers and All-NBA players.

“Everyone that touched the floor tonight came in and responded,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said of his team’s effort in a ninth consecutive loss. “It’s just tough, man, coming up short like we are. There are no moral victories in the NBA. And as much as I am proud of our guys, I’m disappointed in the fact that we lost. And that won’t change.”

IT WAS OVER WHEN…

Harden drained a wing three-pointer, giving Brooklyn a 117-110 lead with 29 seconds left. On the previous possession, New Orleans had a chance to cut the gap to a point, but Devonte’ Graham’s three-point attempt rolled off the rim. Brooklyn built its biggest lead at 90-69 on a Durant jumper midway through the third quarter, before New Orleans surged back into the hunt.

PELICANS PLAYER OF THE GAME

Facing one of his former NBA teams, Garrett Temple played his best offensive game as a Pelican, dropping in a season-best 17 points. He provided a big spark throughout the contest and much-needed scoring production against a high-caliber Brooklyn attack. Temple shot 4/8 from three-point distance.

BY THE NUMBERS

32-15: New Orleans advantage in bench scoring, topped by Herbert Jones notching 11 points and Jaxson Hayes adding nine.

17: New Orleans first-half assists, one of their best passing halves of the season. The Pelicans finished with 26. The Pelicans shot 53 percent from the field prior to intermission, staying in the game despite Brooklyn shooting 57 percent.

14/21: Brooklyn’s three-point shooting accuracy tally deep into the second half. Joe Harris was blazing hot, sinking each of his first six attempts from the arc.

REVISITING FANDUEL KEYS TO THE GAME

UNDERDOG MENTALITY

Brooklyn has a contingent of players who like to call themselves the “Blue Collar Boys,” but New Orleans needed hustle and that identity Friday. The Pelicans were pretty scrappy on defense against Harden and had one crowd-igniting possession in the second half of chasing down multiple offensive boards.

LIMIT MISTAKES

The Pelicans only committed six turnovers in the first half, but their 10 in the second was a bit too many to overcome.

MATCHUP TO WATCH

The Pelicans figured to need Valanciunas to dominate his matchup at center and he responded with his 11th straight double-double. The center powered his way to a 20-12 night, often guarded by the shorter Blake Griffin.

#FANFRIDAY

During the summer, Memphis was the winner of a Pelicans.com bracket asking which Pelicans home game fans were most looking forward to during the 2021-22 season. So it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that when a poll was conducted asking “Which of the next four Pelicans games are you most excited to see?” the Grizzlies again led balloting. Memphis (Saturday home game at 6 p.m.) picked up 53 percent of votes, followed by Friday’s game vs. Brooklyn (29 percent). The Pelicans are in the midst of a brutal schedule stretch, with the Nets game being the first of five straight vs. opponents with winning records.

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New Orleans Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 16 points against the Brooklyn Nets.
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New Orleans Pelicans guard-forward Garrett Temple scored a season-high 17 points against the Brooklyn Nets.
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New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas leads the team with 20 points and 12 rebounds vs. the Brooklyn Nets.
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New Orleans Pelicans guard-forward Garrett Temple addresses the media following the Pelicans' game against the Brooklyn Nets on November 12, 2021.
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Trey Murphy III addresses the media following the Pelicans' game against the Brooklyn Nets on November 12, 2021.
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New Orleans Pelicans head coach Willie Green addresses the media following the Pelicans' game against the Brooklyn Nets on November 12, 2021.
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New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas flies down the lane for the putback slam.
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Trey Murphy III fights for the second chance bucket and draws the foul.
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New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart scores with another tough finish.
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Herbert Jones swipes the pass and runs the floor to finish with the slam.
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New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart drives to the rim for the score.
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New Orleans Pelicans guard-forward Garrett Temple drives past Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden for the score and-1.
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New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes cuts down the lane and soars in for the alley-oop slam.
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New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart sets up in the corner and knocks down the triple.
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New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas rises up for the mid-range jumper.
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Herbert Jones cuts down the baseline for the lay-up.
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New Orleans Pelicans guard Devonte' Graham interview from shootaround ahead of the Pelicans' game against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, November 12, 2021.
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