(WVUE) - The Pelicans dodged absolute disaster, Saturday, with their 138-128 double overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets.
They certainly started well with Anthony Davis and Nikola Mirotic combining for 18 points in the first quarter, including a 41-footer from Davis to beat the buzzer and give them a 12-point lead.
They only extended their lead in the second quarter, and by halftime, they'd built a 20-point lead over one of the worst teams in the league. Where we've usually seen the Pelicans let games slip away, the third quarter, they still stood strong. They held as much as a 28-point advantage over the Nets, but even that seemingly insurmountable lead wasn't safe.
Brooklyn didn't back off of their "bombs away" game plan, and it paid off. They shot their way back into the game, and with under 15 seconds to play in regulation, Allen Crabbe nailed a three from the corner to tie the game at 116.
He continued to make it rain in the first overtime period with back-to-back threes to put the Nets up 122-118. However, Jrue Holiday stepped up in a big way for New Orleans. He converted a three-point play before hitting the game-tying shot to force a second overtime.
That's where the Pelicans finally regained the momentum they had for much of regulation. Davis and Mirotic knocked down a pair of deep jumpers to give them a four point lead. From there, they handled business at the free throw line and escaped the Barclays Center with a much-needed win.
The victory snapped their three-game losing streak and gave the Pelicans just their second win without DeMarcus Cousins. They'll travel to Detroit on Monday to face the Pistons.