The New Orleans Pelicans had little trouble Tuesday night with the Nets in Brooklyn, cruising to a 111-91 road win.
Anthony Davis had a quiet game with 15 points and six rebounds, but had the play of the night with the ferocious dunk you see above.
The Nets have now lost four in a row — all, disconcertingly, at home — and are three games behind the Charlotte Hornets for the eighth and final Playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.
Per the NY Post:
“That’s all year long,” coach Lionel Hollins said. “I think that competing is what this business is about. That’s the reason I played, the reason I coach — to compete. It’s not about the money, it’s not about the fame, it’s not about anything but going out there and competing and earning the respect of your opponent.“That’s all that matters. People can write good or bad about you, and you can make a lot of money or not make a lot of money but the money doesn’t matter when you get between the lines.”
At this point, though, it’s hard to see how the Nets are going to make any kind of push for one of the final two open spots in the East — even given the weak level of competition around them — after the way they have played the past week. […] “This is a big game for us,” Deron Williams said, “But at this point, every game is a big game for us.”
“It was looking up for us[after beating the Warriors], and like we were about to go on a run,” Williams said. “Now, it’s quite the opposite.” […] “It’s a little mind-boggling,” Joe Johnson said. “I don’t know. Whether we get off to a great start, slow start, it doesn’t matter.”