- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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In the period, the rookie big man accounted for a layup, two dunks, two alley-oops and two blocks.
Plumlee’s three best plays in the second were as follows:
1. A two-handed posterization of a helpless and hapless Luke Babbitt.
3. An acrobatic one-handed, alley-oop from Jason Terry, which happened to be Terry’s 5,000th career assist.
Plumlee ended up scoring a career-best 22 points and grabbing a career-high tying 13 rebounds. In 28 minutes, he shot 8-for-10 from the field and added three steals to his two rejections.
“It was his game,” Andrei Kirilenko said. “Everybody felt it right from the beginning.”
Plumlee’s first year has been filled with ups and downs. He certainly took advantage of his opportunity Sunday night.
“I’ve just seen the growth and maturity from Mason that we’ve all been waiting for,” Terry said. “Early on he played a lot, then he didn’t play as much, so his confidence kind of went down a bit. He was down on himself, but I told him to just keep working. The opportunity will present itself again and just be ready and the last couple of weeks he’s been ready.
“He’s doing everything we’ve asked him to: bringing a lot of energy, rebounding the ball very well and offensively setting picks, he’s rolling hard to the basket, and when he catches it, he’s finishing.”
Added Nets coach Jason Kidd: “I think his teammates believe in him, and that’s something that you have to give him credit for, listening to veteran guys like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, them being able to help him understand the NBA game.”
The Nets’ bench accounted for 59 points -- allowing the team to make history.
It was the first time in the franchise’s NBA history that the Nets won without any of their starters scoring in double figures, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Plumlee’s most impressive play of the night didn’t even count. Terry threw the ball off the backboard and Plumlee slammed it home, but it was waived off because of a foul.
“There were a couple of them [alley-oops] that I was like, ‘Man you guys are overestimating me [height and reach wise],’” Plumlee said. “But JET [Terry] threw a couple that were really good. He’s fun to play with.
“The one he threw off the glass that they called a foul on, he didn’t even look at me. I was just like JET’s on the break, something crazy’s about to happen.”
Plumlee loves getting the home crowd fired up with his dunks.
“At home, it’s big. It gets the crowd into it. It gives guys energy,” he said. “On the road, it’s just two points.”
As for that whole Anderson incident?
“Guys said it was gonna be on ‘Shaqtin’ A Fool,’” Plumlee joked.
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