Rondo Gets 25 Assists As Pelicans Beat Nets 128-113

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The main statistic that people will remember about this game, however, is Rajon Rondo's.

Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins seemed to reap the most rewards as they combined for 50-points and 25-rebounds. "It wasn't just me", Rondo said. That's a feat New Orleans only accomplished once over 82 games last season. No", Cousins said. "Is our team ideal yet? No.

The Pelicans "looked like the Harlem Globetrotters at one point", Cousins added.

"Usually when we practice, the Red team just beats up on the White team", Davis said.

Now sitting on the edge of the Western Conference playoff picture, the Pelicans entered their current three-game homestand looking to string together victories against teams that have struggled on the road.

For the second straight game, Brooklyn guard Caris LeVert scored a team-high 22 points as the Nets bench outscored New Orleans 80-23. "In Orlando, I just wanted to switch it up. You can negate that by denying passes, by getting deflections".

Case in point: New Orleans is 11-3 this season when opponents shoot 33.3 percent or worse from three-point range.

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ABOUT THE NETS (12-21): Point guard Spencer Dinwiddie has filled the massive voids left behind by injuries in Brooklyn's backcourt and he's playing some of his best basketball early in the road trip.

- Rondo's assists created 58 points, the most by any player in a game over the past 20 seasons. But it wasn't enough to overcome the hole that they fell into earlier. "But at least we tried our hardest and made the game respectful", Stauskas said.

The only drama in the latter stages of the fourth quarter was whether Rondo would eclipse franchise and career marks for assists.

One of Brooklyn's starters finished in double-figures as Rondae Hollis-Jefferson posted 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting in 24 minutes.

The Pelicans' opponent Friday, the Mavericks, are seated at the bottom of the Western Conference at 9-25 and are 2-14 on the road.

Rondo took this to a new level on Wednesday night as he put on a passing clinic against the Brooklyn Nets.

"It's definitely an honor to be mentioned with those guys, especially with passing the ball, which I take pride in", Rondo said.

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