NEW YORK — Lower than two days after a head harm induced Brandon Ingram to exit a sport early, the New Orleans Pelicans ahead went off for a career-high 40 factors on Monday evening in a 135-125 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

“I am a tricky cookie,” Ingram stated with a sly grin after the sport. “I do not know who was going to inform me to remain out, however I wasn’t going to remain out.”

Ingram shot 17-of-24 from the sphere and completed 1-of-Three from past the 3-point line. He additionally had 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Ingram grew to become the ninth Pelicans participant to notch a 40-point sport. In his tenure with the Pelicans, Anthony Davis did so 30 instances. Chris Paul and David West every had 5 40-plus level video games.

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DeMarcus Cousins had 4 40-point takeovers. Jamal Mashburn put up 40 factors twice. Tyreke Evans, Julius Randle and Peja Stojakovic every scored 40 factors as soon as.

After enjoying simply 13 minutes in Saturday’s matchup in opposition to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, Ingram was evaluated for a concussion. He was subsequently cleared of any vital head harm. The group saved a detailed eye on Ingram on Sunday to see if any signs would develop.

Ingram performed a major function within the Pelicans’ late-game run. He hit robust fade-away leap pictures, euro-stepped his technique to the ring and transformed off-balance layups.

Nonetheless, Ingram stated he was extra centered on the pictures that did not fall. He might recount all of them.

“A floater,” Ingram stated, ticking off the missed alternatives. “A layup proper in entrance of the rim. I missed a jumper.”

“I might’ve achieved higher,” he added.

Derrick Favors, who missed the previous three video games with proper knee soreness, additionally returned to the Pelicans lineup in Brooklyn. Favors got here off the bench and went scoreless in eight minutes of play.

The Pelicans bobbled early Monday in Barclay’s Middle. The Nets had constructed a 17-point lead by halftime and stretched that to a 20-point benefit early within the third quarter. The Pelicans went on to outscore Brooklyn 40-26 within the last eight minutes and 47 seconds of the third, together with closing the quarter on a 14-Four run. New Orleans’ 48 third quarter factors are essentially the most that the Pelicans have scored in any quarter in franchise historical past.

Within the last quarter, the Pelicans have been in a position to slice the Nets’ lead all the way down to a single subject purpose, however that is as shut as New Orleans would get.

“We determined to play 20 minutes in a 48-minute sport, and that does not work out,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry stated. “We’ve got to have the identical effort all through the sport.”