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Pelicans' Brandon Ingram has career-high 40 in loss despite head injury

NEW YORK -- Less than two days after a head injury caused Brandon Ingram to exit a game early, the New Orleans Pelicans forward exploded for a career-high 40 points on Monday night in a 135-125 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

"I'm a tough cookie," Ingram said with a sly grin after the game. "I don't know who was going to tell me to stay out, but I wasn't going to stay out."

Ingram shot 17-of-24 from the field and finished 1-of-3 from beyond the 3-point line. He also had seven rebounds and one assist.