NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at New Jersey
(Saturday, April 3rd)
Final Score: New Jersey 115, New Orleans 87
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Chris Douglas-Roberts paced eight New Jersey players in double-figure scoring with 17 points, as the New Jersey Nets put forth perhaps their best effort of the season in a 115-87 romp over the New Orleans Hornets.
Rookie Terrence Williams had 14 points and a career-best 14 assists for the Nets, who closed out a three-game homestand in fine fashion by shooting a season-high 58.2 percent from the field.
Keyon Dooling added 13 points , while Brook Lopez and Josh Boone scored 12 each. Kris Humphries ended with 10 points and 12 rebounds and Jarvis Hayes and Yi Jianlian scored 10 apiece to highlight a bright spot in an otherwise bleak season.
The win was New Jersey's fourth in six games. The club had strung together back-to-back wins for the first time this season last week and moved to 11-65 on the year.
"It was a real team effort," said Nets head coach Kiki Vandeweghe. "The starters came out and really supported the bench guys. We got very aggressive on the defensive end and that changed the game for us."
David West had 25 points to lead the Hornets, who have lost three in a row and five straight on the road. Marcus Thornton scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
"We wanted to come in here with a better effort than what we gave. It's a young team, they've been playing loose...they were better," West said of the Nets.
The Nets were on top 30-24 at the close of the first quarter and surged to a 17-point lead late in the second quarter behind a 15-4 run. Douglas-Roberts paced the sequence with six points and polished it off with two at the line for a 55-38 margin with 3:45 to go.
New Orleans scratched back to within 12, 59-47, at halftime. The Nets shot a blistering 64.7 percent in the third quarter, led by Yi's six points, to build an 84-71 lead after three quarters.
In comparison, New Orleans shot 39.8 percent for the game and wilted down the stretch. The visitors made just seven of their 24 shot attempts (29.2 percent) in the final period as New Jersey rolled to a rare easy win.
The Nets improved their record at home to 7-32...New Orleans fell to 12-28 as the visitor...New Orleans defeated New Jersey, 103-99, back on January 8 and had won five straight over the Nets...Darius Songaila provided 10 points off the bench for New Orleans...Chris Paul was just 2-of-11 shooting to end with four points and six assists for the Hornets.
04/04 01:59:00 ET