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They certainly did it a lot against the Patriots

NEW YORK -- Rookie Mason Plumlee and the reserves were flying high, so Brooklyns starters took a seat. cheap jerseys from china paypal . Plumlee scored a season-high 22 points and matched his best with 13 rebounds, and the Nets used their best defensive first half in eight years as the springboard for a 93-81 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night. Brooklyn held New Orleans to 28 points in the first 24 minutes, its lowest total since also allowing 28 against the Lakers on Nov. 27, 2005. The Nets were fueled by their reserves, with their top three scorers coming off their bench and no starters finishing in double figures. "Any time we can rest our older guys -- its no secret were old, so we look at this as a win in a couple of ways," Plumlee said. "We can rest them and keep them fresh, and going into All-Star break thats good." Mirza Teletovic had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who improved to 13-5 overall and 9-2 at home in 2014. Alan Anderson scored 13 points in the Nets first victory in their NBA history with no starters in double figures, according to information provided to them by Elias. Anthony Davis had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Pelicans, who had won seven of 10. They used big fourth-quarter comebacks to win their previous two games, but fell too far behind to come back in this one. "First four or five possessions we just didnt run our offence with any kind of zeal the way that weve been running it at home," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. The Nets jumped to an 11-0 lead while the Pelicans were missing their first seven shots. Brooklyn shot 65 per cent to New Orleans 25 per cent in the period, opening a 29-14 lead on Plumlees dunk with 40 seconds remaining. He kept playing above the rim in the second, soaring to catch Jason Terrys alley-oop pass with his right hand and slam it down on a fast break -- Terrys 5,000th career assist -- and later slamming home the miss of Terrys 3-point attempt to make it 42-21 with 5:02 to go. Terry, a former Sixth Man of the Year winner, said the reserves were disappointed in their performance the last two games. "Our job as a bench is to come out and make an impact on the game, and we did that tonight and J-Kidd rewarded us with lengthy playing time," Terry said, referring to coach Jason Kidd. "So felt good, we got the win and we must continue to get better as a unit." The Pelicans were on an embarrassing pace of a barely a point per minute for most of the half, trailing 48-21 more than 20 minutes in, and the Nets led 51-28 at the break. New Orleans briefly trimmed it to single digits during a 32-point third quarter, but the Nets quickly finished them off early in the fourth, again with Plumlee and the reserves on the floor. The Pelicans, who were playing the first of three straight on the road while the NBA readies their arena to host next weekends All-Star festivities, had easily their worst first half of the season and shot just 56 per cent from the foul line for the game. "We just didnt play (well) tonight," Davis said. "We know it. Coaches know it. Everybody knows it." Tyreke Evans, the former Rookie of the Year who the Pelicans signed during the off-season, didnt play. Williams called it an "internal" issue. Brooklyn improved to 9-9 against Western Conference teams, joining Indiana and Miami as only East teams with a .500 or better mark against the stronger side. The Nets host Charlotte on Wednesday, then play seven straight on the road and arent back at Barclays Center until March 3. Notes: Nets centre Kevin Garnett had to leave the game early in the third quarter after a foul from Alexis Ajinca drew blood. He returned shortly after with a bandage on the left side of his head. ... Brook Lopez, who was leading the Nets in scoring before he was lost for the season after breaking his right foot again, said he isnt worried about his future. "Im not scared at all. Im confident Im going to get back on the floor and Im going to do everything I can," he said. "Theres no doubt in my mind Ill be out back on that floor playing with my guys." ... New Orleans fell to 13-6 against the East. china jerseys . – Mats Sundin was the captain. cheap jerseys from china . LOUIS -- Missouri is hoping to join the Southeastern Conference but would have preferred an offer from the Big Ten that never came, a university official said Wednesday. FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- On the first series of their regular-season meeting, the Denver Broncos rushed for 73 yards against the New England Patriots. By the end of the first quarter, that total reached 167. When the game was over, though, the Patriots had a 41-23 win. New England, as expected, made the necessary adjustments to control Tim Tebow and Co. Of course, the mission was helped by a hamstring injury that knocked Denver running back Willis McGahee out of the game in the third quarter. But, in take two on Saturday night, as a heavy favourite to win the rematch, the Patriots would much rather shut down Denvers ground game from the start of this AFC divisional round game. "We cant go out and fall behind early. It will be a long day for us if we do that," defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said. "We definitely have to tackle better. (Tebow) is tough in the pocket and hes tough out of the pocket." Tebow led the Broncos with 93 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries against the Patriots on Dec. 18. McGahee picked up 70 yards on seven rushes and Lance Ball rushed for 64 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown, on 11 attempts. "Were excited," Ball said. "As an offence, (offensive) line, running backs, were excited to go out there and prove again that we can run the ball." Denvers 252 yards rushing in that game were its second most this season, but many teams had trouble stopping its rushing attack. The Broncos led the NFL with a team record 164.5 yards per game. Tebow threw for just 194 yards in that game with no completion longer than 39. But last Sunday, he had 316 yards passing with four pass plays covering at least 40. An 80-yarder to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime gave the Broncos a 29-23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild-card round. "Theyve made changes," Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty said. "You can see, definitely, with the last game, just taking more shots down the field and they throw some balls up there and they have guys that can come down with them and make good catches. They definitely threw some more vertical passes." Tebow doesnt expect to see the same defence either. "I feel like every game they go into they have a different game plan," he said. One thing seems certain. The Patriots will make sure they try to keep Tebow from turning the corner and running for big chunks of yardage. But his strength makes him a dangerous inside rusher, too. "Hell go anywhere," Wilfork said. "We cant be out of rush lanes. We cant be thrown off blocks. We have to play with good technique, trust our technique, ttrust one another, just trust that the guy next to you is doing his job. cheap nfl jerseys. Do that and well be OK. "But times when you dont do that, its just that little crack or that little second. You might not think they can find it, but a good team and a good football player will find it, which theyve done. Theyve done that a lot this year." They certainly did it a lot against the Patriots. The Broncos ran on eight of nine plays of the opening drive vs. New England, with Tebow scrambling off right guard for a 9-yard touchdown. On their next series, McGahee ran 29 yards on the first play, Tebow then completed a 22-yard pass to Thomas and Ball finished it with his 32-yard score. They didnt stop there. The next possession, in fact, featured runs of 12 yards by Ball and 19 by Tebow that led to a 26-yard field goal by Matt Prater and a 16-7 lead less than two minutes into the second. But three second-quarter turnovers were costly for Denver. The Patriots opened the game in a 4-3 defence but relied more on the 3-4 after the Broncos ran wild. "Four weeks ago is four weeks ago and theyre a different team now," Patriots safety Patrick Chung said, "some injuries, different players. ... I honestly feel they have (improved) because theyre still in the playoffs." Against the Steelers last Sunday, the Broncos gained more than twice as many yards passing as they did rushing, picking up just 131 yards on the ground. McGahee led them with 61 yards on 19 carries. During the regular season, he rushed for 100 or more yards in seven games, tied for the most in the NFL. He was headed for another 100-yard game until he was hurt six minutes into the third quarter on a 6-yard run against the Patriots. By that time, New England led 27-16, but Denver had lost a key player who had made the rushing game so productive. "I think I had a big (role in) that because at the beginning of the game I was in there until I tweaked my hammy," McGahee said, "and then I was out, and it was really a difference maker for us. So I think that had a lot to do with it." Now hes back, Tebow never left and Ball can still produce. So the Patriots defence cant divert its attention from the ground game just because Tebow showed last Sunday that he can throw long, accurate passes. "They have a good mix offensively," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "If you play everybody up (on the line), theyll go downfield. If you drop everybody off, theyll take whats underneath and run the ball. They do a good job of attacking where the defence is soft. They can go inside, outside, short, deep. Theyre well balanced." ' ' '

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