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Nets doomed by slow start, poor shooting in 112-85 loss to Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — CJ McCollum scored 16 points, Herb Jones added 14 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans routed the Nets 112-85 on Tuesday night for their third straight victory and eighth in 11 games.

Jose Alvarado scored 13 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 11 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, which opened the game on a 9-0 run, never trailed and led by as many as 32 points.

It was the fewest points the Nets have scored this season and fewest the Pelicans have allowed.

The Nets shot a season-worst 35.7 percent (35-for-98) while losing their fourth straight. Brooklyn’s Cam Thomas, who entered the game averaging a team-leading 22.4 points per game, missed all 11 of his shots and did not score. Thomas, Spencer Dinwiddie (0-for-6) and Royce O’Neale combined to go 0-for-23. Brooklyn attempted 43 three-pointers, missing 32.

Cameron Johnson led the Nets with 17 points while Mikal Bridges added 13 points and Day’Ron Sharpe 12.

Brandon Ingram had 12 points and Zion Williamson 10 for the Pelicans, who did not have any player on the court for more than 25 minutes. The Pelicans got 13 players into the game and 12 of them scored.

New Orleans, which shot 50 percent from three-point rage in a 20-point victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night, hit 10-of-20 threes in Tuesday’s first half while racing to a 27-point lead.

Poor shooting made it tough for the Nets to keep pace. They shot 28.3 percent (13-of-46) in the opening 24 minutes, including 6-of-22 from three-point range.

New Orleans closed out the first half on a 10-2 run during which Jones scored six straight points on a foul shot, a long jumper and a three to make it 59-34.

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Nets: At Houston on Wednesday night

Pelicans: At Minnesota on Wednesday night