The Brooklyn Nets bounced back tonight in a big way, defeating the New Orleans Pelicans at home, 93-81. The Nets had a huge lead for the entire first half and only allowed New Orleans to score 28 points in the half. Brooklyn was led by Mason Plumlee who had 22 points and 13 rebounds off the bench. Mirza Teletovic and Alan Anderson also had 13 each off the bench. Anthony Davis had 24 points for the Pelicans.
The Nets had maybe their best first half of the year tonight, mainly due to the Plumlee alley-oops. He had 5 dunks in the first half alone. Deron Williams and Jason Terry had good passing halves, finishing with a combined 10 assists at halftime. In the third quarter, the Pelicans clawed their way back into the game and got to within as few as 7 points, but never got closer the rest of the way.
This game was important because the starters did very little, while the role players on the bench played well. This is not to say that the starters didn’t play well; they did, at least in the first half, but when a team can get this good a performance from their bench, it adds a different dimension to the team. Hopefully Brooklyn’s bench can keep this up for the next few games until the all-star break when everyone can get some rest.
Player grades and notes:
Deron Williams: B-
Deron Williams got off to a good start tonight with 6 assists in the first quarter alone. However, he did not have a single assist after that. He also had a big buzzer beater at the end of the third quarter to set the Nets up for the fourth.
Mirza Teletovic: B+
Mirza’s shot was way off for most of this game, but I’m giving him a pretty good grade because he showed he can do other things besides shoot 3′s. Despite shooting just 1-8 from deep, he finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and a lot of those rebounds were contested. He needs to work on his free throw shooting though; 4-8 is not good enough for a guy who shoots this well.
Mason Plumlee: A+
Plumlee had a career high with 22 points and 13 rebounds tonight and also had 3 steals and 2 blocks. He was fantastic in the second quarter, throwing down dunk after dunk and he also defended Anthony Davis pretty well. Plumlee has definitely earned a spot in the rotation now and expect to see him a lot in the coming games.
Jason Terry: C+
Terry had a pretty weird game. He had 5 assists, all of which were lobs to Mason Plumlee, but he didn’t make a single shot and was 0-5 from 3. His shots are really painful to watch at this point in his career and the Pistons game was the exception.
Alan Anderson: B
Anderson actually had a couple of pretty big shots late in this game to seal the win. He has a knack for hitting big shots for this team.
The Nets will have a couple of days off and then begin a back-to-back at home on Wednesday against the Charlotte Bobcats. FRWD will have full coverage of the game.