The Least You Should Know:
[sny-box]Tyreke Evans exploded for 33 points (13-for-19 shooting) to allow the Pelicans to erase a huge second half deficit.
Deron Williams led the Nets with 23 points (8-of-17 from the field, 3-of-9 from deep) to go along with seven rebounds, five assists, a steal, and a block.
Paul Pierce added 22 points, four rebounds, an assist, and two steals in 33 minutes.
Reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week Joe Johnson shot just 4-of-14 from the field (1-of-8 from behind the arc) and committed three turnovers.
Marcus Thornton (lower back injury) left the game in the first half and did not return.
Brooklyn fell to 3-3 in overtime this season.[/sny-box]
Fatigue certainly seemed to be a factor in this one, as the Nets let a 16 point halftime lead and a 22 point third quarter advantage evaporate. New Orleans out-scored Brooklyn by a 29-10 margin to close out the third quarter, and even though the Nets built that lead back up slightly, they left jumper after jumper short as time waned on in the fourth. It was the perfect storm for the younger Pelicans, as they boasted the fresher legs and just out-worked the Nets in the game's latter stages.
Brooklyn just did not have an answer for Evans, who took over for the Pelicans in the second half. Evans had a few nasty moves to get Joe Johnson moving in the other direction, then used a quick step to break by him on a number of occasions. It was a real glimpse into the potential Evans has, and a very encouraging sign for the future of basketball in the Bayou.
After Brooklyn got a big clutch three from Pierce to tie the game at 98 and send it to overtime, things got sloppy on defense. Anthony Morrow was given way too much space to drain a big three in transition that gave New Orleans a six point cushion. That deficit was just too much for the Nets to fight back from, as Johnson committed a sloppy turnover down four with 1:11 to play, Morrow drained another three, and Brooklyn folded.
The bottom line: this was an awful game to lose, but in a vacuum, it's not the end of the world. Obviously, it's not something you want to see down the stretch, but you can almost understand it coming off an overtime effort the previous night. I'm not trying to make excuses for their failures to close things out, but ultimately, the Nets were due for one like this.
Brooklyn wraps up their three-game road trip when they travel to Charlotte for a Wednesday night tilt with the Bobcats. Game time is set for 7:00 PM.