Joe Harris had a quiet night in New Orleans, even as he was active on the glass and solid at the defensive end.
The Pelicans did a good job, with E’Twaun Moore and Solomon Hill doing most of the work, of preventing Harris from getting the open looks he had been getting. Outside of a corner 3 in the first, Harris was kept quiet from long range after going 12-for-15 in his previous three games,.
Harris was also uncharacteristically indecisive with the ball, which led to three turnovers, including the game-clinching giveaway on Brooklyn’s final inbounds play with two seconds left.
Jared Dudley continued his solid shooting from 3-point range, hitting 3-of-6 from beyond, and is playing a big role in the ability of the Brooklyn Nets to get the spacing they want on the offensive end.
But the downside of relying so much on the veteran at the 4 showed up Friday night as well, as he was just not strong or big enough to keep Julius Randle from doing pretty much whatever he wanted to do and Dudley was a non-factor on the boards with just one rebound in 23 minutes.
That’s less than optimal from your de facto power forward. Couple that with his late-game mistake in fouling Jrue Holiday with nearly 22 seconds still showing on the clock and you could say Dudley set into motion the events that led to Brooklyn’s late meltdown.