NEW YORK -- Rookie Mason Plumlee and the reserves were flying high, so Brooklyns starters took a seat. Plumlee scored a season-high 22 points and matched his best with 13 rebounds, and the Nets used their best defensive first half in eight years as the springboard for a 93-81 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night. Brooklyn held New Orleans to 28 points in the first 24 minutes, its lowest total since also allowing 28 against the Lakers on Nov. 27, 2005. The Nets were fueled by their reserves, with their top three scorers coming off their bench and no starters finishing in double figures. "Any time we can rest our older guys -- its no secret were old, so we look at this as a win in a couple of ways," Plumlee said. "We can rest them and keep them fresh, and going into All-Star break thats good." Mirza Teletovic had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who improved to 13-5 overall and 9-2 at home in 2014. Alan Anderson scored 13 points in the Nets first victory in their NBA history with no starters in double figures, according to information provided to them by Elias. Anthony Davis had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Pelicans, who had won seven of 10. They used big fourth-quarter comebacks to win their previous two games, but fell too far behind to come back in this one. "First four or five possessions we just didnt run our offence with any kind of zeal the way that weve been running it at home," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. The Nets jumped to an 11-0 lead while the Pelicans were missing their first seven shots. Brooklyn shot 65 per cent to New Orleans 25 per cent in the period, opening a 29-14 lead on Plumlees dunk with 40 seconds remaining. He kept playing above the rim in the second, soaring to catch Jason Terrys alley-oop pass with his right hand and slam it down on a fast break -- Terrys 5,000th career assist -- and later slamming home the miss of Terrys 3-point attempt to make it 42-21 with 5:02 to go. Terry, a former Sixth Man of the Year winner, said the reserves were disappointed in their performance the last two games. "Our job as a bench is to come out and make an impact on the game, and we did that tonight and J-Kidd rewarded us with lengthy playing time," Terry said, referring to coach Jason Kidd. "So felt good, we got the win and we must continue to get better as a unit." The Pelicans were on an embarrassing pace of a barely a point per minute for most of the half, trailing 48-21 more than 20 minutes in, and the Nets led 51-28 at the break. New Orleans briefly trimmed it to single digits during a 32-point third quarter, but the Nets quickly finished them off early in the fourth, again with Plumlee and the reserves on the floor. The Pelicans, who were playing the first of three straight on the road while the NBA readies their arena to host next weekends All-Star festivities, had easily their worst first half of the season and shot just 56 per cent from the foul line for the game. "We just didnt play (well) tonight," Davis said. "We know it. Coaches know it. Everybody knows it." Tyreke Evans, the former Rookie of the Year who the Pelicans signed during the off-season, didnt play. Williams called it an "internal" issue. Brooklyn improved to 9-9 against Western Conference teams, joining Indiana and Miami as only East teams with a .500 or better mark against the stronger side. The Nets host Charlotte on Wednesday, then play seven straight on the road and arent back at Barclays Center until March 3. Notes: Nets centre Kevin Garnett had to leave the game early in the third quarter after a foul from Alexis Ajinca drew blood. He returned shortly after with a bandage on the left side of his head. ... Brook Lopez, who was leading the Nets in scoring before he was lost for the season after breaking his right foot again, said he isnt worried about his future. "Im not scared at all. Im confident Im going to get back on the floor and Im going to do everything I can," he said. "Theres no doubt in my mind Ill be out back on that floor playing with my guys." ... New Orleans fell to 13-6 against the East. http://www.pascherreductionsnike.com/Nike-Free-ij-65_Nike-Free-6-0-dp-73.html. The Mustangs (7-0) received 20 first-place votes and 290 points in the latest poll. The Laval Rouge et Or (6-0) remained second and picked up 10 first-place nods. http://www.pascherreductionsnike.com/Nike-Free-ij-65_Nike-Free-5-0 -nq-72.html. After losing Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose to injuries, the Americans are back to 18 healthy players in the pool, allowing for a 12-man squad and six alternates. Davis led Kentucky to the NCAA championship, winning the Most Outstanding Player award at the Final Four, and is expected to be the No. http://www.pascherreductionsnike.com/.8 million contract extension on Monday. Originally selected by Minnesota in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Burns was acquired by San Jose on June 24 along with a second round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for forwards Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and a first round selection (28th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. http://www.pascherreductionsnike.com/Nike-Free-ij-65_Nike-Free-4-0-V2-xr-28.html.J. Hardy and the Baltimore Orioles got blanked for six innings Sunday on what was shaping up as a lost weekend. http://www.pascherreductionsnike.com/Nike-Free-ij-65_Nike-Free-3-0-Amphibious-kb-84.html. The 35-year-old welterweight from Pickering, Ont., is coming off a rollercoaster year that saw him celebrate his UFC debut with a gritty win over Matt Riddle last December at UFC 124, only to be knocked out in the first round by Jake Ellenberger at UFC 129 in April. For the Toronto Argonauts last year was magical. Or perhaps to be more accurate, the last five weeks made for a magical year. But when you consider at this time last year the organization had a new executive Chairman and CEO in Chris Rudge, a new head coach in Scott Milanovich, a new defensive coordinator in Chris Jones, and a new quarterback in Ricky Ray, to win the 100th Grey Cup 35-22 over Calgary was remarkable. That being said, they were just a 9-9 team during the regular season and that still needs to improve. On offence, three issues stand out: sixth in the league scoring points has to improve because 24 points per game is not enough; eighth in the league in rushing should easily improve with Chad Kackert now established as a true No. 1 running back; and most significant, eighth in red zone offence is a complete priority. Settling for field goals instead of touchdowns was a big reason for Torontos 9-9 regular season. The key to the Argos success last season was on defence and specifically, in leading the league in forcing opponents to run two plays and punt. It gave their offence extra opportunities and frustrrated their opposition profusely.dddddddddddd. It was the teams best trait last year and made a big difference at the end of games. I remember in the Grey Cup, opening possession for Toronto resulted in an interception, leading to a great opportunity for the Stampeders to score early, which in championship games is huge. Two plays later the Stampeders punted and there was no consequence for that early mistake. There is no comparison between the Argos now and the team they were at this time last year. The offence, defence, and special teams playbook is the same so it is now so much more about mastering plays and technique than learning plays and technique. Chad Owens will be productive and Ray, as always, will be calm, cool, and collected. The defensive personnel will change but with Brandon Isaac, Marcus Ball, and Robert McCune the middle level will make the plays until the front and back can catch up. Thats right, the opportunity is there for the Argos to repeat when November 24 rolls around. A little red zone here offence, a little running game there, and one more impact receiver. Its that simple. ' ' '