Sunday, February 9, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Nets 93, Pelicans 81
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- Rookie big man Mason Plumlee carried the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night.
Plumlee came off the bench to notch a career-high 22 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and two steals, leading the Nets to a 93-81 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Barclays Center.
Plumlee was a human-highlight reel in the second quarter, serving up a facial on Luke Babbitt, finishing off a one-handed alley-oop from Jason Terry (career assist No. 5,000) and emphatically blocking Jeff Withey.
Plumlee, who logged 28 minutes and shot 8-for-10 from the field, got an extended opportunity because Paul Pierce and Andray Blatche got in early foul trouble.
What it means: The Nets (23-26) bounced back from Friday night’s blowout loss in Detroit. They led by as many as 27, holding the Pelicans to a season-low 28 points in the first half. The Nets shot 53.0 percent from the field, while limiting their opponent to just 36.1 percent.
Brooklyn’s bench combined for 59 points. Alan Anderson and Mirza Teletovic added 13 points. Teletovic also grabbed 11 rebounds.
None of the Nets’ starters scored in double digits. It marks the first time in Nets’ NBA history that the Nets have won without any of their starters scoring in double-digits (Elias Sports Bureau).
New Orleans would get within nine early in the fourth quarter, but Brooklyn responded with a 6-0 run, and that was pretty much it.
Deron Williams, who sported a sleeve on his right knee, registered all six of his assists in the first quarter as the Nets shot 65 percent in the period to take a 29-14 lead.
Anthony Davis was tremendous for the Pelicans, scoring 24 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Avoiding a scare: In the third quarter, Kevin Garnett collided with Shaun Livingston and ended up with a cut on his head. Garnett went to the locker room, but eventually returned to the game. It could’ve been much worse.
Up next: The Nets don’t play again until Wednesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats at home.